|59th Mayor of Detroit, Michigan|
January 4, 1938 – January 1, 1940
|Preceded by||Frank Couzens|
|Succeeded by||Edward Jeffries|
|Born||February 7, 1882
|Died||December 9, 1952
Richard W. Reading (February 7, 1882 – December 9, 1952) was a Republican mayor of Detroit, Michigan from 1938 to 1940.
Reading was appointed City Assessor in 1921, moved to City Controller in 1924, and was elected City Clerk in 1926. He stayed in the office of clerk until 1939, when he ran for mayor, ultimately defeating Patrick H. O'Brien by nearly two-to-one. However, once in the office, Reading engaged in graft, selling protection to numbers racketeers and promotions to police officers. This corruption was exposed as the campaign for the next mayoral election was gearing up, and Reading was crushed by Edward Jeffries.
|Mayor of Detroit
January 4, 1938 - January 1, 1940
- Who's Who in Detroit, 1935-36, Walter Romig & Co, 1935, p. 264
- "CIO Candidate is Defeated in Detroit Vote". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Nov 3, 1937.
- Edward Jeffries; Dominic J. Capeci (1996), Detroit and the "Good War": the World War II letters of Mayor Edward Jeffries and friends, University Press of Kentucky, p. 6, ISBN 0-8131-1974-X
- "JEFFIES LIKELY WINNER; Detroit Mayor Seeks Fifth Term". New York Times. Nov 2, 1947.
- "Kilpatrick among other Detroit officials who have faced legal trouble". The Detroit News. March 24, 2008.
- "EX-MAYOR READING OF DETROIT IS DEAD". THE NEW YORK TIMES. December 10, 1952.