Albert Cobo

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Albert Cobo
62nd Mayor of Detroit, Michigan
In office
January 3, 1950 – September 12, 1957
Preceded by Eugene Van Antwerp
Succeeded by Louis Miriani
Personal details
Born October 2, 1893
Detroit, Michigan
Died September 12, 1957(1957-09-12) (aged 63)
Detroit, Michigan

Albert Eugene Cobo (October 2, 1893 – September 12, 1957) was an American politician who served as Mayor of Detroit from 1950-1957.


Albert Cobo was born in Detroit[1] on October 2, 1893.[2] He married his childhood sweetheart, Ethel; the couple had two daughters, Jean and Elaine.[1][3]

Cobo opened and ran two candy stores in Detroit, while attending night school to study business administration and accounting at the Detroit Business Institute.[1] After completing his studies, he sold his stores and went to work for Burroughs Corporation, working his way up to an executive position.[1] In 1933, the city of Detroit was in a financial crisis, and Burroughs "loaned" Cobo to the city.[1] However, he never returned to work for Burroughs, and ran for and was elected Detroit City Treasurer in 1935.[1]

Cobo served as City Treasurer of Detroit for seven terms before first running for the mayor's office in 1949.[4] He won, campaigning against the "Negro invasion" of white neighborhoods,[5] and was elected twice more, in 1951 and 1953 (the third time for four years).[1]

Cobo served as president of the American Municipal Association and a trustee of the United States Conference of Mayors.[3]

Cobo ran on the Republican ticket in 1956 for governor of Michigan, but was handily beaten by G. Mennen Williams, his first loss after ten successful citywide campaigns.[6] He declined to seek a fourth term as mayor in 1957.[1]

Cobo died of a heart attack on September 12, 1957, just months before his last term in office would have ended.[7] Cobo Center (formerly Cobo Hall) is named in his honor.[2] He is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery.[8] With the impending demolition of Joe Louis Arena, there is talk about renaming Cobo Center in memory of boxing legend Joe Louis.[9]

Political offices
Preceded by
Eugene Van Antwerp
Mayor of Detroit
January 3, 1950 – September 12, 1957
Succeeded by
Louis Miriani


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Mayor Cobo Dies at 63". The Windsor Daily Star. Sep 13, 1957. 
  2. ^ a b "Cobo Hall". November 2008. Archived from the original on 22 November 2010. Retrieved November 13, 2010. ; note image of plaque.
  3. ^ a b "Detroit's Mayor Cobo, 63, Dies of Heart Attack". 
  4. ^ "Hot Fight in Detroit". Reading Eagle Date = Nov 8, 1949. 
  5. ^ Dilworth, Richard. Cities in American Political History. p. 516. ISBN 978-0872899117. 
  6. ^ "Michigan's Governor Matches Ike's Victory". Ottawa Citizen. Nov 7, 1956. 
  7. ^ "ALBERT COBO DIES; DETROIT MAYOR, 63; Gubernatorial Candidate for G.O.P. Last Year Helped Build City Expressway Returned to Duties Planned to Call Loan". New York Times. September 13, 1957. 
  8. ^ "Detroit City Employees Pay Respect to Cobo". The Owosso Argus-Press. Sep 16, 1957. 
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