1930 : Detroit Mayor Recalled Over Corruption Charges and Ties With KKK

July 22, 2018 all-day

July 22, 1930 – Mayor Charles Bowles of Detroit is recalled in the first large-city mayoral recall in the United States. Charges of corruption and ties with the KKK results in his demise.

The day before the recall, the Free Press ran a front-page editorial urging readers to unseat Bowles. After the recall, the paper called it “the most remarkable political happening in the history of the city, possibly the most remarkable one in the history of any great American municipality.

Sources :

Zlati Meyer, “Detroit mayor first big-city leader to be recalled”, Detroit Free Press, July 21, 2013.

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