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Frank Ellsworth Doremus

Frank Ellsworth Doremus (August 31, 1865 – September 4, 1947) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

Frank Ellsworth Doremus
49th Mayor of Detroit, Michigan
In office
Preceded byJohn C. Lodge
Succeeded byJoseph A. Martin
United States Representative for the 1st Congressional District of Michigan
In office
March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1921
Preceded byEdwin Denby
Succeeded byGeorge P. Codd
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives from Ionia County's 1st district
In office
Personal details
BornAugust 31, 1865
Venango County, Pennsylvania
DiedSeptember 4, 1947 (aged 82)
Howell, Michigan

Early lifeEdit

Doremus was born in Venango County, Pennsylvania on August 31, 1865, the son of Sylvester and Sarah Peake Doremus.[1][2] The Doremus family moved to Ovid, Michigan in 1866, and then to Portland, Michigan in 1872.[2] Frank Doremus attended the public schools of Portland, Michigan and graduated from Detroit College of Law.[1]

In 1882, Doremus began work at the Portland Observer, then moved on to take charge of the Pewamo Plain Dealer[2] and established the Portland Review in 1885, editing it until 1899.[1]

Doremus married Libby Hatley in 1890.[2] The couple had one child, Robert.[3]


Doremus was postmaster of Portland from 1895 to 1899.[1] He was elected township clerk in 1888 and re-elected in 1889.[2] In 1890, Doremus was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives from Ionia County's 1st District serving from 1890 to 1892.[1]

He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Detroit in 1899.[1] He was assistant corporation counsel of Detroit from 1903 to 1907 and city comptroller 1907-1910.[1]

In 1910, Doremus defeated incumbent Republican Edwin C. Denby to be elected as a Democrat from Michigan's 1st congressional district to the Sixty-second and to the four succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1911 to March 3, 1921,[1] and was elected chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 1913.[4] He was a delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan in 1916 and 1920. He served as mayor of Detroit in 1923, defeating former Detroit Police Commissioner Dr. James W. Inches in the general election, until he resigned the following year due to ill-health.[1][5]

He resumed the practice of law in Fowlerville, Michigan.[1] Frank Ellsworth Doremus died in Howell, Michigan and was interred in Roseland Park, Berkley, Michigan. [1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k United States Congress. "Frank Ellsworth Doremus (id: D000431)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  2. ^ a b c d e Chapman Brothers (1891), Portrait and biographical album of Ionia and Montcalm counties, Mich, Chapman Brothers, pp. 698–699
  3. ^ The government of the city of Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan: 1701 to 1907, historical and biographical, illustrated, 1907, pp. 129–130
  4. ^ United States. Congress. House. Committee on Election of President, Vice-President, and Representatives in Congress (1914), Soliciting or receiving assessments, subscriptions, or contributions for political purposes, Govt. print. off., p. 3CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Municipal manual of the city of Detroit, 1984

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