Couzens, James, 1872-1936

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U.S. senator from Michigan, mayor of Detroit, Michigan, and industrialist.

From the description of James Couzens papers, 1903-1940. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70982271

Detroit Mayor and civic leader, U.S. Senator, Ford Motor Co. executive

James Couzens was born in Chatham, Ont., Aug. 26, 1872, son of James J. and Emma (Clift) Couzens; married Margaret A. Manning, Aug. 31, 1898. Began the manufacture of automobiles in 1903 ; vice-president, general manager, and treasurer of Ford Motor Company of Detroit ; vice-president, Ford Motor Company of Canada ; director, Ford Motor Company of England, Ltd. ; director, Detroit Trust Company; president of Detroit Board of Commerce; director, U.S. Chamber of Commerce ; chairman for Wayne County of U.S. Fuel Administration, World War I ; commissioner, Detroit Police Dept. ; commissioner of Street Railways ; mayor Detroit, 1919-1922 ; member, U.S. Senate, 1922-31 ; chairman, Detroit Community Fund ; president, Children's Hospital of Michigan. He died in 1936.

From the description of James Couzens correspondence, 1919-1921 (Detroit Public Library). WorldCat record id: 317700933

Biographical Note

  • 1872, Aug. 26: Born, Chatham, Ontario, Canada
  • 1890: Moved to Detroit, Mich.
  • 1890 - 1897 : Car-checker, Michigan Central Railroad, Detroit, Mich.
  • 1897 - 1903 : Clerk, Malcomson Fuel Co., Detroit, Mich.
  • 1898: Married Margaret Manning
  • 1903 - 1915 : General manager and treasurer, Ford Motor Co., Detroit, Mich.
  • 1913 - 1915 : President, Bank of Detroit Director, Detroit Trust Co. Commissioner of street railways, Detroit, Mich.
  • 1916 - 1918 : Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Department, Detroit, Mich.
  • 1919: Sold interest in Ford Motor Co. to Ford family
  • 1919 - 1922 : Mayor, Detroit, Mich.
  • 1922 - 1936 : United States senator from Michigan; appointed in 1922, elected in 1924 and 1930
  • 1936, Oct. 22: Died, Detroit, Mich.

From the guide to the James Couzens Papers, 1903-1940, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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referencedIn Wilber M. Brucker Papers, 1877-1968 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Rebecca Shelley Papers, 1890-1984 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Hayden, Jay G., 1884-1971. Jay G. Hayden scrapbooks, 1916-1965. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Burton, Marion Le Roy, 1874-1925. Marion LeRoy Burton papers, 1901-1925. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Michigan. Juvenile Court (Wayne County). Wayne County Juvenile Court records, 1908-1934. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
creatorOf James Couzens Papers, 1903-1940 Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
referencedIn Smith, George Howard Edward, 1898-1962. George Howard Edward Smith papers, 1917-1962 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Beal, Junius E. (Junius Emery), 1860-1942. Junius Emery Beal papers, 1869-1946. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
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creatorOf Lombard, Warren P. (Warren Plimpton), 1855-1939. Warren P. Lombard papers, 1877-1939. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Marion L. Burton Papers, 1895-1925, 1921-1925 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Norton, William J. (William John), 1883-1975. William J. Norton papers, 1906-1975. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn George Howard Edward Smith papers, 1917-1962 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Albright, Horace M. (Horace Marden), 1890-1987. Isle Royale papers, 1885-1955 (bulk 1921-1946). University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Fletcher, Duncan Upshaw, 1859-1936. Senator Duncan U. Fletcher papers, 1860-1943. Florida State University
creatorOf Gray, Harold Studley, 1894-1972. Harold Studley Gray papers, 1896-1972. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Warren P. Lombard papers, 1877-1939 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Couzens, James, 1872-1936. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1931. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf McCall, Almon Watson, 1905-1970. Almon W. McCall papers, 1924-1970. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Arthur H. Vandenberg papers, 1884-1974, 1915-1951 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
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referencedIn Jay G. Hayden scrapbooks, 1916-1965 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Sink, Charles A. (Charles Albert), 1879-1972. Charles Albert Sink papers, 1907-1985. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Lawton, J. Fred (James Frederick), 1888-1969. James Frederick Lawton papers, 1908-1969. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
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creatorOf Norton, William J. (William John), 1883-1975. William J. Norton papers, 1906-1987. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf American Council on Alcohol Problems. American Council on Alcohol Problems records, 1916-1969. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Jesse Siddall Reeves Papers, 1853-1942, 1901-1942 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Brant, Irving, 1885-1976. Irving Brant papers, 1910-1977 (bulk 1938-1975). Library of Congress
creatorOf Baker, Herbert F., 1862-1930. Herbert F. Baker papers, 1904-1926. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Gridley family. Gridley family papers, 1837-1939. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Michener, Earl Cory, 1876-1957. Earl C. Michener papers, 1898-1934 and 1940-1954. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Grant, Robert. Robert Grant interview, July 30, 1963. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Squier, George Owen, 1865-1934. George Owen Squier papers, 1883-1934. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn George R. Averill papers, 1928-1969 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Rudolph E. Reichert Papers, 1907-1962 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn James K. Pollock papers, 1920-1968 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Almon Watson McCall papers, 1924-1970 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Hobart, Georgia Boyer, 1887-1976. Georgia Boyer Hobart papers, 1910-1942. The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center
creatorOf Moore, George William, b. 1847. George William Moore papers, 1874-1941. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Edwin Denby papers, 1845-1846, 1880-1927 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Isle Royale papers, 1885-1955, 1921-1946 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn James Frederick Lawton papers, 1908-1969 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Green, Fred W. (Fred Warren), 1872-1936. Fred Warren Green papers, 1881-1939. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Burton, Marion Le Roy, 1874-1925. Marion LeRoy Burton papers, 1895-1925. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Perrin, John G., 1880-1966. Papers of John G. Perrin, 1884-1967 (bulk 1910-1930). Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
creatorOf Fitzgerald, Frank D. (Frank Dwight), 1885-1939. Frank Dwight Fitzgerald papers, 1928-1944. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Detroit Trust Company. John F. Dodge Estate Trust Lawsuit collection, 1902-1928 (bulk 1925-1928) The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center
referencedIn Francis, Everett, 1901-1964. Everett Francis papers, 1933-1943. Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs
referencedIn Charles A. Sink Papers, 1890s-1996 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Marsh, Benjamin Clarke, 1877-1952. Benjamin Clarke Marsh papers, 1910-1950. Library of Congress
referencedIn William J. Norton papers, 1906-1987, 1916-1972 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Chase S. Osborn Papers, ca. 1870-1949, 1889-1949 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Reichert, Rudolph E. (Rudolph Edward), 1887-1965. Rudolph Edward Reichert papers, 1907-1965. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Taylor, Orla Benedict, 1865-1945. Orla Benedict Taylor papers, 1831-1943. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Arthur Lyon Cross Papers, 1897-1940 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Mershon, Wm. B. (William Butts), 1856-1943. William Butts Mershon papers, 1848-1943. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Harold S. Gray Papers, 1896-1972 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Squier, George Owen, 1865-1934. George Owen Squier papers, 1883-1934. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Pollock, James K. (James Kerr), 1898-1968. James Kerr Pollock papers, 1920-1968. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Prentiss Marsh Brown Papers, 1902-1973 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Brown, Prentiss M. (Prentiss Marsh), 1889-1973. Prentiss Marsh Brown papers, 1902-1973. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Fred W. Green papers, 1881-1939 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Sink, Charles A. (Charles Albert), 1879-1972. Charles Albert Sink papers, 1907-1996. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Averill, George R., 1893-1971. George R. Averill papers, 1928-1969. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Denby, Edwin, 1870-1929. Edwin Denby papers, 1845-1846 and 1880-1929. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Henry Bourne Joy Papers, 1883-1937 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Frank Murphy papers, 1908-1949 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn McMillan, William C.,. William C. McMillan picture collection, ca. 1920-1945. The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center
referencedIn William B. Mershon Papers, 1848-1943 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Arthur J. Lacy Papers, 1891-1975 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Joy, Henry Bourne, 1864-1936. Henry Bourne Joy papers, 1883-1937. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Couzens, James, 1872-1936. James Couzens papers, 1903-1940. Library of Congress
referencedIn Benjamin Clarke Marsh Papers, 1910-1950 Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
referencedIn Herbert F. Baker Papers, 1904-1926 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Roy Dikeman Chapin Papers, 1886-1945, 1910-1936 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Hauser, William M. William M. Hauser correspondence, 1934-Feb. 1935. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Marshall L. Cook and William R. Cook papers, 1880-1945 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Junius E. Beal Papers, 1869-1946 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Earl C. Michener papers, 1898-1934 and 1940-1954, 1904-1934 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Smith, George H. E. (George Howard Edward), 1898-1962. George Howard Edward Smith papers, 1917-1962 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn James Orin Murfin papers, 1896-1940 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Alexander G. Ruthven Papers, 1901-1961, 1906-1951 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Children's Fund of Michigan, records, 1929-1965, 1929-1961 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Frank Dwight Fitzgerald papers, 1928-1944, 1930-1939 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Clarence Cook Little papers, 1924-1929 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Reichert, Rudolph E. (Rudolph Edward), 1887-1965. Rudolph Edward Reichert papers, 1907-1962. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Orla Benedict Taylor papers, 1831-1943 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn George William Moore papers, 1874-1941 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Pollock, James K. (James Kerr), 1898-1968. James Kerr Pollock papers, 1920-1968. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Barnard, Harry, 1906-1982. Papers, 1936-1973. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Trueblood, Thomas C. (Thomas Clarkson), 1856-1951. Correspondence, 1916-1928. University of Michigan
creatorOf Walker, Moses L. Moses L. Walker papers, 1926-1950. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Finley, David E. (David Edward). Papers of David E. Finley, 1921-1977. Library of Congress
creatorOf Interlochen Center for the Arts. Interlochen Center for the Arts records, 1921-[ongoing]. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Irving Brant Papers, 1910-1977, (bulk 1938-1975) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
referencedIn Children's Fund of Michigan. Children's Fund of Michigan records, 1929-1965 (bulk 1929-1961). University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Huddleston, Clarence J. Clarence J. Huddleston transcript of oral interview, Feb. 12, 1968. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Couzens, James, 1872-1936. James Couzens correspondence, 1919-1921 Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn George Owen Squier papers, 1883-1934 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
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associatedWith American Council on Alcohol Problems. corporateBody
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associatedWith Averill, George R., 1893-1971. person
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associatedWith Baker, Herbert F., 1862-1930. person
associatedWith Barnard, Harry, 1906-1982. person
associatedWith Beal, Junius E. (Junius Emery), 1860-1942. person
correspondedWith Brant, Irving, 1885-1976. person
associatedWith Brown, Prentiss M. (Prentiss Marsh), 1889-1973. person
associatedWith Brucker, Wilber Marion, 1894-1968 person
associatedWith Burton, Marion Le Roy, 1874-1925. person
correspondedWith Byrnes, James F. (James Francis), 1882-1972 person
correspondedWith Capper, Arthur, 1865-1951 person
correspondedWith Carson, John J. person
correspondedWith Carson, John J. (John Joseph), 1889- person
correspondedWith Chapin, Roy D. (Roy Dikeman), 1880-1936 person
associatedWith Children's Fund of Michigan. corporateBody
associatedWith Cook, Marshall L., 1858-1955 person
correspondedWith Coughlin, Charles E. (Charles Edward), 1891-1979 person
associatedWith Cross, Arthur Lyon, 1873-1940 person
correspondedWith Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930 person
correspondedWith Davies, Joseph Edward person
associatedWith Denby, Edwin, 1870-1929. person
associatedWith Detroit (Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith Detroit News. corporateBody
associatedWith Detroit Trust Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Dodge, Horace E. (Horace Elgin), 1868-1920 person
correspondedWith Dodge, John F. (John Francis), 1864-1920 person
associatedWith Egly, William H. person
associatedWith Finley, David E. (David Edward) person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, Frank D. (Frank Dwight), 1885-1939. person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, Frank Dwight, 1885-1939 person
correspondedWith Fletcher, Duncan Upshaw, 1859-1936. person
correspondedWith Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 person
associatedWith Ford Motor Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Francis, Everett, 1901-1964. person
associatedWith Grant, Robert. person
associatedWith Gray, Harold Studley, 1894-1972. person
associatedWith Green, Fred W. (Fred Warren), 1872-1936. person
correspondedWith Green, William, 1872-1952 person
associatedWith Gridley family. family
correspondedWith Guest, Edgar A. (Edgar Albert), 1881-1959 person
associatedWith Hauser, William M. person
associatedWith Hayden, Jay G., 1884-1971 person
associatedWith Hobart, Georgia Boyer, 1887-1976. person
correspondedWith Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 person
associatedWith Huddleston, Clarence J. person
correspondedWith Hull, Cordell, 1871-1955 person
associatedWith Interlochen Center for the Arts. corporateBody
correspondedWith Jones, Jesse H. (Jesse Holman), 1874-1956 person
associatedWith Joy, Henry Bourne, 1864-1936. person
associatedWith Lacy, Arthur J. (Arthur Jay), 1876-1975 person
associatedWith Lawton, James Frederick, 1888-1969 person
correspondedWith Levin, Samuel M. (Samuel Mordecai), 1888-1975. person
associatedWith Little, Clarence C. (Clarence Cook), b. 1888 person
associatedWith Lombard, Warren P. (Warren Plimpton), 1855-1939. person
correspondedWith Marsh, Benjamin Clarke, 1877-1952. person
correspondedWith Mayo, Charles Horace, 1865-1939 person
associatedWith McCall, Almon Watson, 1905-1970. person
associatedWith McMillan, William C., person
associatedWith Mershon, William Butts, 1856-1943 person
associatedWith Michener, Earl Cory, 1876-1957. person
associatedWith Michigan. Juvenile Court (Wayne County) corporateBody
associatedWith Moore, George William, b. 1847. person
associatedWith Murfin, James Orin, 1875-1940 person
correspondedWith Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949 person
associatedWith Norton, William J. (William John), 1883-1975. person
associatedWith Osborn, Chase S. (Chase Salmon), b. 1860 person
correspondedWith Perrin, John G., 1880-1966. person
associatedWith Pollock, James K. (James Kerr), 1898-1968. person
associatedWith Reeves, Jesse Siddall, 1872- person
associatedWith Reichert, Rudolph E. (Rudolph Edward), 1887-1965. person
associatedWith Ruthven, Alexander Grant, 1882- person
associatedWith Shelley, Rebecca, 1887-1984 person
associatedWith Sink, Charles A. (Charles Albert), 1879-1972. person
associatedWith Smith, George H. E. (George Howard Edward), 1898-1962. person
associatedWith Squier, George Owen, 1865-1934. person
correspondedWith Swope, Herbert Bayard, 1882-1958 person
associatedWith Taylor, Orla Benedict, 1865-1945. person
associatedWith Trueblood, Thomas C. (Thomas Clarkson), 1856-1951. person
associatedWith United States. Congress. Senate. corporateBody
correspondedWith Vandenberg, Arthur H. (Arthur Hendrick), 1884-1951 person
associatedWith Walker, Moses L. person
correspondedWith Woodin, William H. (William Hartman), 1868-1934 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Michigan--Detroit
Michigan
Detroit (Mich.)
United States
Michigan--Pontiac
United States
Detroit (Mich.)
Michigan--Detroit
Michigan
Subject
Agriculture--Michigan--Pontiac
Farms
Soldiers--Correspondence
Farms--Michigan--Pontiac
Automobile industry and trade
Agriculture
Automobile industry and trade--United States
Mayor
Occupation
Industrialists
Mayors--Michigan--Detroit
Senators, U.S. Congress--Michigan
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Birth 1872-08-26

Death 1936-10-22

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