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Frank Couzens

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Frank Couzens February 28, 1902 – October 31, 1950 was the son of United States Senator James J Couzens, and mayor of Detroit, Michigan during the 1930s

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Politics
  • 3 Later life
  • 4 References

Early lifeedit

Frank Couzens was born in Detroit on February 28, 1902,12 the son of businessman and later mayor of Detroit and United States Senator James J Couzens3 He went to Newman Preparatory School in New Jersey, then returned to Detroit to attend high school3 After graduation, he worked as an apprentice in the building trades, then as an inspector for an architectural firm3 In 1922, he formed his own building contractor firm1

Frank Couzens married Margaret Lang in 1922;1 the couple had four sons: Frank Couzens Jr, James Couzens II, Homer J Couzens, and George L Couzens; and three daughters: Mrs Edward C Roney, Mary Elizabeth Couzens, and Barbara Ann Couzens4

Politicsedit

In 1928, then-mayor John C Lodge appointed Couzens a member of the Detroit Street Railways Commission3 He was fired by the next mayor, Charles Bowles, in 1930 after opposing Bowles's effort to raise the streetcar fare3 However, the deeply unpopular Bowles was recalled from office, and Frank Murphy reinstated Couzens3

In 1931, Couzens ran for a seat on the Detroit City Council, and garnered enough votes to become council president3 When Murphy resigned in 1933 to become governor of the Philippines, Couzens became acting mayor3 He resigned the mayor's office on September 8, 1933, to concentrate on receiving the Republican nomination for the office5 He was elected mayor twice, filling out four years in office3

Later lifeedit

After stepping down from the mayor's office, Couzens retired from politics2 and founded the Wabeek Bank of Detroit, whose chairman he remained for the next 12 years6 He died after a long battle with cancer on October 31, 19502 Wabeek Bank would after a series of mergers become part of Comerica

Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Murphy
Mayor of Detroit
May 10 – September 8, 1933
Succeeded by
John W Smith
Preceded by
John W Smith
Mayor of Detroit
January 2, 1934 – January 3, 1938
Succeeded by
Richard Reading

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b c Who's Who in Detroit, 1935-36, Walter Romig & Co, 1935, p 79 
  2. ^ a b c "Modest rites for Couzens" The Windsor Daily Star Nov 1, 1950 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Following in the Footsteps of His Dad" Spartanburg Herald-Journal Nov 15, 1935 
  4. ^ "Frank Couzens" Toledo Blade Nov 1, 1950 
  5. ^ "Couzens To Make Mayoralty Drive" Miami News Aug 6, 1933 
  6. ^ "Ex-Mayor of Detroit Dies" Schenectady Gazette Nov 1, 1950 

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