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Eugene Van Antwerp

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Eugene Ignatius Van Antwerp July 26, 1889 – August 5, 1962 was the mayor of Detroit, Michigan


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Family
  • 3 Politics
  • 4 References


He was born on July 26, 1889, the son of Eugene C Van Antwerp and Cecelia Renaud1 He was educated in parochial schools and then at the University of Detroit2 and worked as an instructor in English at Gonzaga University in 1910-19111 He returned to Detroit, working briefly at the Detroit Police Department2 before going to work as a civil engineer He did engineering work first for the Michigan Central Railroad and then for the Grand Trunk Railroad1 Van Antwerp served as a captain in 16th Regiment of EngineersRailway from Detroit in the United States Army Corps of Engineers during World War I, and was among the first members of the Allied Expeditionary Force to land in France,2 serving in 1917-19191 He returned to his position with Grand Trunk after the war1 He was chief engineer for the National Survey Service from 1926–1928, after which he went into private practice as an engineer and surveyor1 He died on August 5, 1962


In 1911, Van Antwerp married Mary Fances McDevitt1 The couple had eleven children: Dolores, Pauline, Loretta, Eugene, Joseph, Gore, Joan, Agnes, George, Dacia, and Daniel1


Van Antwerp was elected to the Detroit City Council in 19321 He served continuously from 1932to 1948, when he ran for mayor3 During his time on the council, he ran unsuccessfully for county auditor in 19352 and served a stint as the commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1938-394

Van Antwerp served a single term as mayor, beating Edward Jeffries in 1947 but losing in the primary in 19495 He returned to the City Council in 1950, winning a special election in November of that year to replace Edward Jeffries after the latter's death3 During his second time on the council, he ran unsuccessfully for state highway commissioner in 1952 and for United States Congress in 19552 Van Antwerp served on the council continuously until his death3

Political offices
Preceded by
Edward Jeffries
Mayor of Detroit
January 6, 1948 - January 2, 1950
Succeeded by
Albert Cobo


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Who's Who in Detroit, 1935-36, Walter Romig & Co, 1935, p 324 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Detroit Official Dies at 73" The Windsor Star Aug 7, 1962 
  3. ^ a b c "Detroit City Council, 1919 to present" Detroit Public Library Archived from the original on September 28, 2011 Retrieved November 6, 2010 
  4. ^ "Past Commanders-in-Chief" PDF Veterans of Foreign Wars Archived from the original PDF on June 17, 2010 Retrieved November 12, 2010 
  5. ^ "Cobo, Edwards Win in Detroit" Toledo Blade Sep 14, 1949 

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