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Stephen Benedict Grummond

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Stephen Benedict Grummond September 18, 1834 – January 2, 1894 was a shipowner, marine industrialist, and the mayor of Detroit, Michigan

Early life and businessedit

Stephen Benedict Grummond was born on September 18, 1834 in Marine City, Michigan, the son of Stephen Benedict and Mary Harrow Grummond1 The elder Grummond was a successful businessman who ran a general store in Marine City1

Starting at age 15, the younger Grummond served on merchant ships in the summer and continued his schooling during the winter months1 Using his savings and some investment from his father, Grummond purchased a merchant vessel of his own and sailed her for several years In 1855, he sold his first vessel, moved to Detroit, and purchased another; Grummond continued in the business of buying, selling, and operating various vessels1 He established Grummond's Mackinac Line of steamers, and at one time owned the largest tug and wrecking business on the Great Lakes1 He built up a great fortune, much of it in the tugging business,2 and expanded into barges, lumber, and Detroit real estate12

Politics and personal lifeedit

Grummond was originally a Democrat, but joined the Republican Party when it was established1 In 1879, he was elected a member of the Board of Estimates, and in 1881 was elected to the City Council Two years later he was elected as mayor of Detroit in a close race, and served in that capacity in 1884–188513 Grummond ran again for a second term, and was narrowly defeated by Marvin H Chamberlain3

In 1861, Grummond married Louisa B Prouty; the couple had eleven children, seven of whom lived to adulthood:1 Mrs Marie Graves, Nathaniel P Grummond, U Grant Grummond, Edith Grummond, and Edna Ora Grummond2

Stephen Benedict Grummond died at his home on January 2, 18942

Political offices
Preceded by
William G Thompson
Mayor of Detroit
1884–1885
Succeeded by
Marvin H Chamberlain

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Silas Farmer 1889, THE HISTORY OF DETROIT AND MICHIGAN, pp 1048–1049 
  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 222–223 
  3. ^ a b ROBERT B ROSS; GEORGE B CATLIN 1898 LANDMARKS OF DETROIT A HISTORY OF THE CITY p 620 

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