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Marvin H. Chamberlain

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Marvin H Chamberlain November 5, 1842 – 1923 was the mayor of Detroit, Michigan


Marvin H Chamberlain was born in Woodstock Township, Michigan in Lenawee County on November 5, 1842, the son of Philonzo Chamberlain1 He attended the district school until the age of 15; in 1859-60 he taught school in Lenawee County, and in 1860 entered Hillsdale College1 After leaving Hillsdale, he taught school in Oakland County, and in 1864 moved to Detroit where he attended a commercial college1

After leaving college in 1865, Chamberlain began work for wholesale liquor company2 F A Stokes, first as a bookkeeper and then as a travelling salesman1 In 1867, Chamberlain formed a partnership with his brother and bought out Stokes; the brothers renamed the company M H Chamberlain & Co1 The firm reaped profits immediately, and in 1873 the Chamberlains organized the Fearless Tobacco Co The next year, Marvin Chamberlain helped organize the Commercial Traveler's Association of Michigan, and was elected its first president1 In 1876 he sold his share in Fearless to his brother1 Chamberlain expanded his business interests, and was one of the original directors of the Central Savings Bank3

In 1898, Chamberlain patented a "liquid separating process" for reduction of garbage, and received the contract to collect garbage in Detroit under the company name of Detroit Liquid Separating Co4 He later built similar plants in other cities2

In 1882, Chamberlain was elected to the Detroit City Council, and in 1885 served as Council president1 He ran for mayor on the Democratic ticket in 1883 and was defeated, but prevailed 1885 and served as mayor in 1886-188712 Chamberlain was a delegate to the 1888 Democratic National Convention5

Chamberlain was married in 1876 to Ellen Wilson of Niagara County, New York1

Marvin H Chamberlain died in 19236

Political offices
Preceded by
Stephen Benedict Grummond
Mayor of Detroit
Succeeded by
John Pridgeon, Jr


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Silas Farmer 1889, THE HISTORY OF DETROIT AND MICHIGAN, pp 1049–1050 
  2. ^ a b c David Lee Poremba 1998, Detroit, 1860-1899, Arcadia Publishing, p 59, ISBN 0-7385-3373-4 
  3. ^ Henry Taylor & Co 1909, History and Biography of the City of Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan, Henry Taylor & Co, p 153 
  4. ^ William Francis Morse 1908, The collection and disposal of municipal waste, The Municipal Journal and Engineer, p 373 
  5. ^ Edward B Dickinson 1888, Official proceedings of the National Democratic convention, held in St Louis, Mo, June 5th, 6th and 7th, 1888:, Republican Woodward & Tiernan printing Co, p 48 
  6. ^ "Mayors of US Cities A - L" WorldStatemenorg Retrieved October 28, 2010 

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