John C. Lodge

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John C. Lodge
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48th Mayor of Detroit, Michigan
In office
1922–1923
Preceded byJames J. Couzens
Succeeded byFrank Doremus
51st Mayor of Detroit, Michigan
In office
1924–1924
Preceded byJoseph A. Martin
Succeeded byJohn W. Smith
53rd Mayor of Detroit, Michigan
In office
1927–1929
Preceded byJohn W. Smith
Succeeded byCharles Bowles
Personal details
BornAugust 12, 1862
Detroit, Michigan
DiedFebruary 6, 1950
Detroit, Michigan
 
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John C. Lodge
John C Lodge Detroit.jpg
48th Mayor of Detroit, Michigan
In office
1922–1923
Preceded byJames J. Couzens
Succeeded byFrank Doremus
51st Mayor of Detroit, Michigan
In office
1924–1924
Preceded byJoseph A. Martin
Succeeded byJohn W. Smith
53rd Mayor of Detroit, Michigan
In office
1927–1929
Preceded byJohn W. Smith
Succeeded byCharles Bowles
Personal details
BornAugust 12, 1862
Detroit, Michigan
DiedFebruary 6, 1950
Detroit, Michigan

John Christian Lodge (August 12, 1862 – February 6, 1950) was an influential politician from Detroit, Michigan, serving as mayor from 1922 to 1923, in 1924, and from 1927 to 1929, and spending over 30 years on the Detroit City Council.

Biography[edit source | edit]

John C. Lodge was born in Detroit on August 12, 1862 to Dr. Edwin A. Lodge and Christiana Lodge (née Hanson).[1] He attended the Michigan Military Academy in 1881.[1] He worked as a reporter and city editor for the Detroit Free Press from 1889-1896.[2] In 1897 he entered the lumber industry, and was connected with the Dwight Lumber Company.[2]

Politics[edit source | edit]

Lodge was the chief clerk for the Wayne County Auditors from 1897–1905, then served for two years as the secretary to mayor George P. Codd.[2] He was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from Wayne County's 1st District, from 1909 to 1910,[1] and served as chair of the Wayne County Board of Supervisors.[2] He was a member of the Detroit City Council beginning in 1910,[2] and held the position for 17 years before being elected mayor, nine of them as council president.[3] During that time, Lodge served twice as acting mayor: once from December 5, 1922 – April 9, 1923, after James J. Couzens's resignation to assume the office of United States Senator, and once from August 2, 1924 – November 21, 1924 after Joseph A. Martin's resignation. In 1927, Lodge was elected mayor in his own right, serving from 1927 to 1929.[1] He was defeated in his quest for renomination in 1929.[4] After his stint as mayor, Lodge returned to the city council, serving there from 1932 - 1947.[5]

Lodge died on February 6, 1950 and is buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.[6] After his death, the John C. Lodge Freeway (M-10) in Detroit was named after him.[6]

John Christian Lodge is sometime misidentified as "John Cabot Lodge", being confused with John Davis Lodge, the son of George Cabot Lodge and younger brother of Henry Cabot Lodge.

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Who's Who in Detroit, 1935-36, Walter Romig & Co, 1935, page = 206 
  2. ^ a b c d e Albert Nelson Marquis, ed. (1914), The book of Detroiters: a biographical dictionary of leading living men of the city of Detroit, A.N. Marquis, p. 311 
  3. ^ "In Detroit". TIME magazine. January 23, 1928. 
  4. ^ "Detroit's Silent Mayor Defeated in Primary Race". Los Angeles Times. Oct 10, 1929. 
  5. ^ "Detroit City Council, 1919 to present". Detroit Public Library. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Index to Politicians: Lockyear to Lofvegren". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
James J. Couzens
Mayor of Detroit
1922–1923
Succeeded by
Frank Doremus
Preceded by
Joseph A. Martin
Mayor of Detroit
1924
Succeeded by
John W. Smith
Preceded by
John W. Smith
Mayor of Detroit
1927–1929
Succeeded by
Charles Bowles