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William Barlum Thompson

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William Barlum Thompson March 10, 1860 – February 12, 1941 was the Mayor of Detroit from 1907 to 1908 and again from 1911 to 1912

Contents

  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Politics
  • 3 Later life
  • 4 References

Biographyedit

William Barlum Thompson was born on March 10, 1860 in Detroit, the son of Thomas and Bridget Barlum Thompson1 He graduated from the public schools of the city, and in 1876 from Goldsmith's Business University, located in Detroit1

He went into the meat-market business with his uncle Thomas Barlum, became a partner with Barlum in 1880, and set off on his own in 18821 In 1887 he married Nellie Hymes; the couple had nine children:1 Mary born 1888, Kathleen 1889, Irene 1891, William Grover 1892, Francis Leo 1895, Helen M 1897, Edna L 1899, Edith R 1905, and Virginia M 19092

Politicsedit

William Barlum Thompson was a Democrat,3 and served as an alderman for two terms, from 1891-1894, but declined to run for a third term1 However, by popular demand, he ran again in 1896 and was re-elected1 In 1897, he was elected city treasurer and resigned his seat as an alderman1 He served as treasurer for nine years3

He was elected mayor twice, serving in 1907-1908 and again in 1911-1912

Later lifeedit

Thompson went into partnership with his cousin John J Barlum, forming the Cadillac Square Improvement Company4 The company constructed a number of buildings around Cadillac Square, including the Barlum Tower now Cadillac Tower, the Barlum Hotel, and the Lawyers Building5

William Barlum Thompson died in Detroit on February 12, 19416

Referencesedit

  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 52–55 
  2. ^ "Thompson Archive" Rootsweb Retrieved November 2, 2010 
  3. ^ a b ALBERT NELSON MARQUIS 1908, THE BOOK OF DETROITERS, pp 445–46 
  4. ^ "History: New Cadillac Square" The New Cadillac Square Apartments Retrieved November 2, 2010 
  5. ^ Ren Farley "Cadillac Tower/Barlum Tower" Detroit1701org Retrieved November 2, 2010 
  6. ^ "WILLIAM B THOMPSON" New York Times Feb 13, 1941 
Political offices
Preceded by
George P Codd
Mayor of Detroit
1907–1908
Succeeded by
Philip Breitmeyer
Preceded by
Philip Breitmeyer
Mayor of Detroit
1911–1912
Succeeded by
Oscar Marx

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