Study Guide

John B. Sherman in The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

By Erik Larson

John B. Sherman

Sherman's basically the ruler of a blood empire that employs twenty-five thousand men, women, and children and slaughters fourteen million animals each year. (Yum?) In fact, nearly twenty percent of Chicago depends on Sherman's Union Stock Yards for economic survival.

Sherman likes Burnham and asks the Burnham & Root firm to build a private mansion on Prairie Avenue. It will sit among the mansions of Chicago barons like George Pullman.

Sherman's daughter Margaret, who hangs around the construction site while Burnham's around, likes Burnham too. The two get hitched pretty soon after meeting each other.