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John Pridgeon Jr.

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John Pridgeon Jr August 1, 1852 – 1929 was the head of a marine transport company and mayor of Detroit, Michigan


Pridgeon was born in Detroit on August 1, 1852, the son of Captain John and Emma Nicholson Pridgeon1 Pridgeon was educated in the Detroit Public Schools and the Detroit Business University2

In 1871, he joined as a clerk his father's business of buying, selling, and operating sailing ships and tugs;1 the family also owned and operated the Detroit & Windsor Ferry3

In 1874, Pridgeon married Cora Edgar; the couple had two sons, neither of whom outlived their parents1 In 1911, Cora sued for and was granted a divorce4 In 1915, Pridgeon married a second time to Mrs Blanche Pridgeon Cate, a classmate of Woodrow Wilson and a distant relative5

In 1876 he became an agent of the Chicago and Grand Trunk line of steamers, stationed at Port Huron, Michigan; in 1879 the line was dismantled and he rejoined his father's business1

Pridgeon was a member of the first Park Commission, serving from 1879 to 18832 He was elected to the city council as a Democrat3 in 1885, and in 1887 was elected mayor of Detroit, serving one term from 1888 to 18891 He later served as a member of the Police Commission from 1891- 18922

After his stint as mayor, Pridgeon diversified his business interests, and in the years 1890 to 1900 served variously as president of the State Transportation Company, president of the Pridgeon Transportation Company, vice-president of the White Star Line, vice-president of the Red Star Line, and vice-president of the River Savings Bank2

John Pridgeon Jr died in 19296

Political offices
Preceded by
Marvin H Chamberlain
Mayor of Detroit
Succeeded by
Hazen S Pingree


  1. ^ a b c d e Silas Farmer 1889, The History Of Detroit And Michigan, p 1050 
  2. ^ a b c d Historical And Biographical, Comprising A Synopsis Of General History Of The State, And Biographical Sketches Of Men, Western Publishing and Engraving Co, 1900, pp 179–180 
  3. ^ a b Compendium of History and Biography of the City of Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan, Henry Taylor & Co, 1908, p 544 
  4. ^ "Ex-Mayor's Wife Secures Divorce" Detroit Free Press January 21, 1911 
  5. ^ "Pridgeon-Cate Wedding" New York Times June 4, 1915 
  6. ^ "Mayors of US Cities A - L" WorldStatemenorg Retrieved October 28, 2010 

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