Encyclopedia Of Detroit

Lodge, John C.

Detroit Mayor and Michigan politician John Christian Lodge was born on August 12, 1862 in Detroit, Michigan. He was educated in Detroit public schools, Patterson’s School for Boys and the Michigan Military Academy. From 1889 to 1896, he was a reporter and city editor at the Detroit Free Press.

Lodge worked for the Wayne County Board of Auditors from 1897 to 1905 as chief clerk. For the next two years he served as secretary to Mayor George P. Codd. He was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives from Wayne County's 1st District in 1909, serving for a year. He then went on to be a member of the Detroit City Council from 1910 to 1922.

Lodge was Mayor of Detroit from 1922 to 1923, 1924, and 1927 to 1929. He was re-elected to the City Council, serving from 1932 to 1947. Lodge served on the Detroit City Council for a career total of over 30 years, nine of those years as council president. Lodge died of pneumonia on February 6, 1950 and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit. The John C. Lodge Freeway (M-10) is named in his honor.



Portrait photograph of John C. Lodge, c.1900 – 1948.132.062

John C. Lodge with Detroit Firefighter’s Commission resolution, 1947 – 2014.002.036

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