1890 : Hazen S. Pingree Becomes Detroit’s Mayor

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January 15, 2021 all-day
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Hazen S. Pingree took office on January 15, 1890, and would embark on a career that would earn him the nickname “the Idol of the People.”

But don’t take our word on his greatness: Pingree was named the fourth-best mayor in U.S. history by a poll of scholars published in “The American Mayor” by Melvin Holli (Penn State University Press, 1999).

“His role as an advanced social reformer was unmatched by any big-city mayor in the last half of the 19th Century,” Holli wrote. He “was one of the most important pre-Progressive reform mayors and made a national reputation for himself supporting a novel work-relief program for the poor and fighting for municipal ownership and for low utility and tax rates for the urban masses.”

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Sources:

Dan Austin, “The day Detroit got its greatest mayor”, Detroit Free Press, January 15, 2015.

Detroit Historical Society Facebook Page

Bill Loomis, “Hazen Pingree: Quite possibly Detroit’s finest mayor; He changed the city’s structure for the people’s benefit”, Detroit News, January 6, 2013.

Don Lochbiler, “The Shoemaker Who Looked Like a King”, Detroit News, June 11, 1998.

wikipedia entry

Hazen S. Pingree Monument entry by Dan Austin of HistoricDetroit.org

Hazen Pngree Facebook Page