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John Pridgeon Jr.

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Succeeded by  Hazen S. Pingree

Name  John Jr.
Died  1929
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Preceded by  Marvin H. Chamberlain

John Pridgeon Jr. (August 1, 1852 – 1929) was the head of a marine transport company and mayor of Detroit, Michigan.

Biography

Pridgeon was born in Detroit on August 1, 1852, the son of Captain John and Emma Nicholson Pridgeon. Pridgeon was educated in the Detroit Public Schools and the Detroit Business University.

John Pridgeon Jr.

In 1871, he joined as a clerk his father's business of buying, selling, and operating sailing ships and tugs; the family also owned and operated the Detroit & Windsor Ferry.

In 1874, Pridgeon married Cora Edgar; the couple had two sons, neither of whom outlived their parents. In 1911, Cora sued for and was granted a divorce. In 1915, Pridgeon married a second time to Mrs. Blanche Pridgeon Cate, a classmate of Woodrow Wilson and a distant relative.

In 1876 he became an agent of the Chicago and Grand Trunk line of steamers, stationed at Port Huron, Michigan; in 1879 the line was dismantled and he rejoined his father's business.

Pridgeon was a member of the first Park Commission, serving from 1879 to 1883. He was elected to the city council as a Democrat. in 1885, and in 1887 was elected mayor of Detroit, serving one term from 1888 to 1889. He later served as a member of the Police Commission from 1891- 1892.

After his stint as mayor, Pridgeon diversified his business interests, and in the years 1890 to 1900 served variously as president of the State Transportation Company, president of the Pridgeon Transportation Company, vice-president of the White Star Line, vice-president of the Red Star Line, and vice-president of the River Savings Bank.

John Pridgeon Jr. died in 1929.

References

John Pridgeon Jr. Wikipedia


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