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Oliver Moulton Hyde


Oliver Moulton Hyde March 10, 1804 – June 28, 1870 was a Detroit businessman, manufacturer, and politician who was elected mayor of Detroit three times, in 1854, 1856, and 1857

Biographyedit

Oliver Moulton Hyde was born in Sudbury, Vermont on March 10, 1804, the son of Pitt William Hyde1 At age 23, Hyde married Julia Ann Sprague, and opened a dry goods store in Castleton, Vermont In 1834, he sold the store and moved to Mount Hope, New York to manage two blast furnaces1

In 1838, Hyde moved to Detroit and opened a hardware store on Woodward Avenue1 He began a business manufacturing counter scales at the same location2 Hyde branched out in business, opening a foundry and machine shop, and began manufacturing marine engines and other steamboat hardware2 In 1852, he began a dry dock business,1 and also built a sawmill near Saginaw, Michigan

He had a reputation for extensive charity work, and gave or privately loaned a substantial portion of his fortune1

Hyde joined the Whig Party and ran for multiple elected offices; later in life he joined the Republican Party1 Hyde was elected to the city council numerous times, and served as mayor of Detroit in 1854, 1856, and 1857 He was also appointed Collector for the Port of Detroit under presidents Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore1

In 1863, Hyde suffered a debilitating stroke, after which he was almost completely confined to his house A second stroke followed four years later Nevertheless, Hyde actively supported recruiting and public service during the Civil War1

Oliver Moulton Hyde died on June 28, 18701 He had three living children: Henry S Hyde, Hattie S Hyde, and Louis C Hyde1

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Silas Farmer 1889, THE HISTORY OF DETROIT AND MICHIGAN, pp 1040–1041 
  2. ^ a b Friend Palmer 1906, Early days in Detroit, Hunt & June, pp 821–824 

Further readingedit

  • Clarence Monroe Burton 1929, The Hyde house and the Garrick theatre on Griswold street, Detroit 
Political offices
Preceded by
John H Harmon
Mayor of Detroit
1854
Succeeded by
Henry Ledyard
Preceded by
Henry Ledyard
Mayor of Detroit
1856–1857
Succeeded by
John Patton


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