Christian H. Buhl

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Christian H. Buhl
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Mayor of Detroit
In office
1860–1861
Preceded by John Patton
Succeeded by William C. Duncan
Personal details
Born May 9, 1812
Butler County, Pennsylvania
Died January 23, 1894
Detroit, Michigan
Spouse(s) Caroline DeLong

Christian H. Buhl (May 9, 1812 – January 23, 1894) was a businessman and industrialist from Detroit, Michigan. He served as the city's mayor in 1860-61.

Biography[edit]

Buhl and Sons Hardware, c. 1891

Christian H. Buhl was born in Butler County, Pennsylvania on May 9, 1812.[1] He learned the profession of a hatter, and in 1833 moved to Detroit, where he went into business with his older brother Frederick Buhl. The two diversified from hats into the fur trade, establishing a large and successful company under the name of the F & C H Buhl Co. In 1855, Christian retired from the fur trade and went into business with Charles Ducharme as a wholesale hardware firm. Buhl was also part owner of the Sharon Iron Works, the Detroit Locomotive Works (later the Buhl Iron Works).[1] Buhl was also connected with the Detroit, Hillsdale, & Indiana Railroad and the Detroit, Eel River, & Illinois Railroad, as well as the Michigan State Bank, the Second National Bank of Detroit, and the Detroit National Bank, the last of which he was president of.[1] He also organized Detroit Copper and Brass Company and the Peninsular Car Company.[2]

Buhl was originally a Whig, but became a Republican after the party first formed.[2] He served as an alderman of the city of Detroit, and was mayor in 1860-1861.[1] In 1885, Buhl donated a substantial law library, worth $15,000, to the University of Michigan, and on his death willed an additional sum of $10,000 to increase the library.[3]

In 1842, Buhl married Caroline DeLong of Utica, New York.[1] The couple had five children, only two of whom — Theodore D. and Frank H. — outlived their parents.[1] Christian H. Buhl died January 23, 1894.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Silas Farmer (1889), THE HISTORY OF DETROIT AND MICHIGAN, pp. 1043–1044 
  2. ^ a b Compendium of History and Biography of the City of Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan, Henry Taylor & Co, 1908, pp. 320–322 
  3. ^ Jerome C. Knowlton (1894), "Christian H. Buhl", To wit: Department of law, University of Michigan, The Register, pp. 120–129 
  4. ^ HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL, COMPRISING A SYNOPSIS OF GENERAL HISTORY OF THE STATE, AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF MEN, Western Publishing and Engraving Co., 1900, p. 120 
Political offices
Preceded by
John Patton
Mayor of Detroit
1860-1861
Succeeded by
William C. Duncan