Capitain, Henry D.

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Henry D. Capitain Soundex Code C135

Henry D. Capitain (1862-1932), a Republican, was Alderman of the 25th Ward from 1911-1920.

At the end of his aldermanic career, Henry D. Capitain was Chairman of the Local Transportation Subcommittee of the Chicago City Council. He encountered a lot of flak in that position because he wasn't one of Mayor William Hale Thompson's insiders and many of Thompson's supporters wanted him to step down. He did so on Tuesday, April 20, 1920.

Along with Henry D. Capitain, John Durham Cleveland began a legal movement to create the Ridge Avenue Park District that would serve to improve West Ridge and Rogers Park, west of the Chicago & North Western Railway's tracks in to Ridge Boulevard.

Henry D. Capitain was school trustee in old Village of Rogers Park.

Henry D. Capitain was the first Village Clerk on the West Ridge Village Board.

Book of Chicagoans

1911 Book of Chicagoans, Addendum, page xvi.

Henry D. Capitain, Leather Manufacturer, alderman;

Born in England, 1862;

educated in Germany;

came to Chicago in 1879;

married: late Bertha E. Capitain.

President: Western Leather & Manufacturing Company

Elected alderman of the 25th Ward, Tuesday, April 4, 1911;


Was instrumental in organizing the Village of West Ridge, and the Ridge Avenue Park District and served as clerk, trustee, and treasurer at various times;

was school trustee in old Village of Rogers Park.

Was president Rogers Park Improvement Association several terms;

1911, vice-president Ways and Means Committee of North Shore Improvement Association

Residence: 904 Kenilworth Avenue (now 1544 W. Touhy Avenue), Rogers Park.

Office: 175 N. Wabash Avenue

Henry's OBIT:

Henry D. Capitain, Saturday, July 2, 1932, at his home, 205 Sixth Street, Wilmette, Illinois. Husband of late Bertha E. Capitain, father of Mrs. H.S. Foote (Mildred Foote) and Robert S. Capitain. Burial Rosehill Cemetery.

Chicago Blue Book

Mr. & Mrs. Henry D. Capitain, 765 Chase Avenue, 1903 Chicago Blue Book, page 227.

Mr. & Mrs. Henry D. Capitain, 765 Chase Avenue, 1904 Chicago Blue Book, page 229.