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John W. Smith (Detroit mayor)

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John W Smith April 12, 1882 – June 17, 1942 was a long-time member of the Detroit City Council and was twice mayor of Detroit, Michigan

Early lifeedit

John W Smith was born in Detroit on April 12, 1882, the son of John W and Gertrude Wax Smith12 His father died when Smith was five years old, leaving the family poor3 He began working as a newsboy when he was six years old3 He quit school in the fifth grade,4 and worked as a pin-setter in a bowling alley and a newsboy, furthering his education on his own at the library13 He started boxing at a young age,3 then joined the army at the age of fifteen to fight the Spanish–American War, staying on to fight in the Philippines for some time2

On his return to Detroit in 1901, Smith attended the University of Detroit for a year, simultaneously becoming a journeyman pipefitter3 He next joined the Detroit Shipbuilding Company as a pipefitter1

Smith married Marie General;5 the couple had two children: Dorothy and John W, Jr3

Politicsedit

Smith became active in Republican politics in 1908,3 and in 1911 was appointed Deputy State Labor Commissioner by Governor Chase S Osborn1 Two years later he became a deputy at the Wayne County Sheriff's Department He also served as a deputy US Marshall and deputy county clerk2 He was elected to the Michigan State Senate in 1920, and was appointed postmaster of Detroit by Warren G Harding in 19221

In 1924, Smith won election as Detroit mayor after Frank Ellsworth Doremus's resignation,1 continuing in the office until 19286 Smith later served on the Detroit City Council for most of the time from 1932 until his death in 19427 He served one more time as mayor in 1933, acting to fill out the end of Frank Murphy's term,6 after the latter had resigned and his successor, Frank Couzens, also resigned to concentrate on running for election as mayor8 Smith ran for mayor off-and-on, including in 1930 and 1936, and for governor in 1934,5 but was not elected910

John W Smith died on June 17, 194211

Political offices
Preceded by
John C Lodge
Mayor of Detroit
1924–1928
Succeeded by
John C Lodge
Preceded by
Frank Couzens
Mayor of Detroit
1933
Succeeded by
Frank Couzens

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Philip Parker Mason 1987 The Ambassador Bridge: A Monument to Progress Wayne State University Press pp 75–76 ISBN 0-8143-1840-1 
  2. ^ a b c Edwin Gustav Pipp 1927 "Men who have made Michigan" Pipp's magazine 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Ex-Mayor of Deroit" The Windsor Daily Star Jun 18, 1942 
  4. ^ "Public Libraries" Michigan Library Bulletin Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State Library 17: 45 July–August 1926 
  5. ^ a b Who's Who in Detroit, 1935–36 Walter Romig & Co 1935 p 296 
  6. ^ a b "Mayors of the City of Detroit" Detroit Public Library 2006 Archived from the original on September 28, 2011 Retrieved September 7, 2010 
  7. ^ "Detroit City Council, 1919 to present" Detroit Public Library Archived from the original on September 28, 2011 Retrieved November 6, 2010 
  8. ^ "KELLY, WHEALAN PLEDGE HELP TO RECOVERY DRIVE" Chicago Tribune Sep 9, 1933 
  9. ^ "LABOR: In Detroit" Time Oct 18, 1937 
  10. ^ "National Affairs: Detroit's Irishman" Time September 22, 1930 
  11. ^ "JOHN W SMITH; Detroit's Ex-Mayor, 59, Had Served Also as" New York Times Jun 18, 1942 

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