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Four Items Relating to Former Detroit Mayor, Hazen S. Pingree, 1890-1897: large original mounted photograph showing the mayor in his office; reproduction photo showing Pingree and a family member (?) on horses surrounded by a group of people, his signatur

np (Detroit) nd (1890s) Photo is 7.5 x 9, mount is 11 x 14; reproduction is 8 x 10, signature stampe "Standard Self Inker" is 7" high and body is 2 x 3", black handle, body of stamp has decorative scrollwork and when ink is applied the stamp still reproduces Pingree's "signature" clearly; the glass ink well is 3" and measures approx 3 x 3. Squarish with rounded corners, with original (?) stopper, heavy. Photo has light wear and a scratch, mount is soiled, stained, torn, creased and spotted; reproduction has light wear and creasing; stamp has light/moderate rust; ink well has light scratches and the stopper has chipping and some wear. Pingree, a Massachusetts native, was an apprentice shoemaker when he joined Company F of the First Massachusetts Artillery in 1862. Taken prisoner more than once, including a stay at Andersonville, he managed to survive the war and make his way to Detroit for business opportunities. Staying in the shoe trade, he was eventually able, with the help of partners, to buy a shoe factory which became one of the largest show manufacturers in the country. He ran for mayor in 1889 and was elected by a large majority; he served between 1890-1897 and became one of Detroit's best mayors. (In the 1999 book, "The American Mayor," Pingree was named one of the 10 best mayors in U.S. history). Mayor Pingree was a voice for social reform by cutting taxes, fighting the utilities including by forming the Public Lighting Commission to put street lights under public control. During the depression of 1893, he created work relief programs and persuaded owners of vacant land to let it be used to raise food. 10% of Detroit's population of 25,000 was unemployed. These plots of land became known as "Pingree's Potato Patches." Pingree also served as governor from 1897-1900. In 1901, this much beloved man, whose resemblance to King Edward VII was much noted, was struck with peritonitis during a vacation in London. Even with the assistance of King Edward VII's private physician, Pingree did not survive and died on June 18th. Sold as a lot.

Book Id: 98-0013

Price: $495.00

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