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Philip Breitmeyer

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Philip Breitmeyer May 13, 1864 – November 8, 1941 was a florist, one of the founders of Florists' Telegraph Delivery now Florists' Transworld Delivery, or FTD, and the mayor of Detroit, Michigan


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Politics
  • 3 References
  • 4 Further reading


Philip Breitmeyer was born in Detroit on May 13, 1864, the son of John and Fredericka Schneider Breitmeyer12 He was educated in the public schools of the city, and joined the family florist business, John Breitmeyer & Sons1 He soon became president of the firm, and after his father's death bought out his brothers to become sole owner of the firm2 The business grew rapidly, and they built a new building to house the firm, now the Breitmeyer-Tobin Building1

Breitmeyer was one of the organizers, and served as president, of Florists' Telegraph Delivery now Florists' Transworld Delivery, or FTD2 He was president of the American Society of Florists,2 president of the Michigan Cut Flower Exchange, vice-president of the German-American Bank1 director of the Lohrman Seed Company, and president of the Detroit National Fire Insurance Company2

In 1886, Breitmeyer married Katie Grass The couple had three children, Philip Jr, Harry G and Katherine12


Breitmeyer was appointed by George P Codd as Commissioner of Parks and Boulevards for the city of Detroit,1 a position he held for two years2 So well did he perform that he was nominated as the Republican candidate for mayor, and was elected for a term in 1909-19101

Breitmeyer ran again for mayor in 1933, but was soundly defeated by James Couzens's son Frank3 He also served for two years, 1938-1939, on the Detroit City Council4

Philip Breitmeyer died on November 8, 19415


  1. ^ a b c d e f g The government of the city of Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan: 1701 to 1907, historical and biographical, 1907, pp 145–146 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Clarence Monroe Burton; William Stocking; Gordon K Miller 1922, The city of Detroit, Michigan, 1701-1922; Volume 3, The S J Clarke publishing company, pp 636–637 
  3. ^ "In Detroit, Couzens is Big Winner" The Border Cities Star Nov 8, 1933 
  4. ^ "Detroit City Council, 1919 to present" Detroit Public Library Retrieved November 6, 2010 
  5. ^ Maxine Block; E Mary Trow 1942, Current Biography: Who's News and Why, 1942, Hw Wilson Co, p 105, ISBN 0-8242-0479-4 

Further readingedit

  • Elbert Hubbard 1913, Detroit the Artistic: Being an Appreciation of Breitmeyer's the House of Flowers, C A Weed & Co 
Political offices
Preceded by
William Barlum Thompson
Mayor of Detroit
Succeeded by
William Barlum Thompson

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