Encyclopedia Of Detroit

Cobo, Albert

Albert Eugene Cobo served as Detroit’s mayor between 1950 and 1957.

Cobo was born in Detroit on October 2, 1893. While he attended night school to study business administration and accounting, he opened and ran two candy stores in the city. Upon finishing his studies, he sold the stores and began work at Burroughs Corporation, where he was eventually promoted to an executive position.

In 1933, the Burroughs Corporation loaned Cobo to the city to help out during a financial crisis, but he never returned to the company. In 1935, he was elected Detroit treasurer, where he served seven terms before running for mayor in 1949. He served three terms as mayor of Detroit and served as president of the American Municipal Association. In 1956, he ran unsuccessfully for governor of Michigan.

Cobo died on September 12, 1957, just a few months before his last term in office was to end. Today, the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit is named in his honor.

 


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