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Andrew Mack

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Andrew Mack 1780 – July 12, 18541N 1 was an American businessman and politician who, among other things, co-founded the Detroit Free Press, served as mayor of Detroit, Michigan, and whose land holdings became a portion of the town of Marysville


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Detroit
  • 3 Marysville
  • 4 Notes
  • 5 References

Early lifeedit

Mack was born in New London, Connecticut, and was a sailor as a young man, having sailed around the world three times4 In 1804,N 2 he drove a herd of merino sheep that he had purchased in Spain westward to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he established a wool factory3 and a hotel In the War of 1812, he was the captain of a military company4 and subsequently served as member of the Cincinnati City Council5:534 and as a state senator in the Ohio General Assembly6 He ran for Mayor of Cincinnati in the spring of 1829, but lost to the incumbent Isaac G Burnet5:584


President Andrew Jackson appointed him to become customs collector for Detroit in 1829,7 a post he held for ten years Upon his arrival in the Michigan Territory, he became involved with the local militia and gained the appellation "Colonel"4 In 1831, Sheldon McKnight established the Democratic Free Press and Michigan Intelligencer it eventually was renamed to the Detroit Free Press in 1866 and less than a year later, the newspaper was purchased by a consortium of citizens, one of whom was Mack That group owned the business until 18378

Mayor Charles Christopher Trowbridge was elected in early 1834 during a cholera epidemic, but abruptly resigned Mack won the ensuing special election on September 24 with 91 votes In the general election the following year, Mack ran for re-election, but lost He tried again in 1837, but also was unsuccessful9 In 1839, he represented Wayne County in the state legislature10 It is sometimes believed that Mack Avenue in Detroit is named after Andrew Mack, but that was actually named after John M Mack, who was a supervisor of Hamtramck1112


Mack moved to St Clair County in the 1840s He purchased a sawmill, and the creek next to which it sat became known as Mack's Creek He also set up a general store and a wood refueling station to serve the steamships sailing on the Great Lakes Waterway13 This stop, known as "Mack's Place", became popular enough to warrant its own post office, and Mack served as its postmaster until his death1 Mack and his wife Amelia were buried on his property, which is now the Marysville Golf Course A model of Mack's home can be found at the Marysville Historical Museum in Marysville Park14 The house and mill were taken over by George W Carleton and the creek subsequently became known as Carleton Creek, a name it still bears today1 The post office moved to nearby Vicksburg, which was renamed Marysville in 1859 to avoid confusion with Vicksburg in Kalamazoo County13

Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Christopher Trowbridge
Mayor of Detroit
Succeeded by
Levi Cook


  1. ^ A 1907 source has him living from 1782 to 18572 A third source states that he died in 1875,3 which is almost certainly a typo
  2. ^ Possibly 18084


  1. ^ a b c Romig, Walter 1986 Michigan Place Names Wayne State University Press p 431 ISBN 0-8143-1838-X 
  2. ^ The government of the city of Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan: 1701 to 1907 1907 p 29 
  3. ^ a b Bingham, Stephen D 1888 Early history of Michigan Thorp & Godfrey p 427 
  4. ^ a b c d Farmer, Silas 1890 History of Detroit and Wayne County and early Michigan 2 New York: Munsell & Co p 1031 
  5. ^ a b Greve, Charles Theodore 1904 Centennial history of Cincinnati and representative citizens 1 Biographical Pub Co 
  6. ^ Curry, Leonard P 1997 The corporate city: the American city as a political entity, 1800-1850 Greenwood Publishing Group p 110 ISBN 0-313-30277-4 
  7. ^ Bruchey, Stuart ed 1979 The Management of Public Lands in the U S Series Ayer Publishing p 63 ISBN 0-405-11315-3 CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list link
  8. ^ Farmer, Silas 1884 The history of Detroit and Michigan p 685 
  9. ^ Ross, Robert B; Catlin, George B 1898 Landmarks of Detroit: A History of the City p dcccxxv 
  10. ^ Silas Farmer 1889 THE HISTORY OF DETROIT AND MICHIGAN p 1035 
  11. ^ Franck, Michael S 1996 Elmwood Endures: History of a Detroit Cemetery Wayne State University Press p 198 ISBN 0-8143-2591-2 
  12. ^ Farmer, Silas 1890 History of Detroit and Wayne County and early Michigan 1 p 944 
  13. ^ a b "History of Marysville" Marysville Chamber of Commerce Archived from the original on 2010-11-03 Retrieved 2010-08-19 
  14. ^ "History of Marysville — Chronology" Marysville Historical Society Archived from the original on 2011-05-02 Retrieved 2010-08-19 

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