Alfred Lucking

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Alfred Lucking
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1905
Preceded byJohn B. Corliss
Succeeded byEdwin Denby
Personal details
Born(1856-12-18)December 18, 1856
Ontario, Canada
DiedDecember 1, 1929(1929-12-01) (aged 72)
Wayne County,
Michigan, U.S.
Resting placeWoodlawn Cemetery
Detroit, Michigan
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Sarah Laviah Rose
ChildrenWilliam A. Lucking
Dean L. Lucking
Alma materEastern Michigan University
University of Michigan Law School

Alfred Lucking (December 18, 1856 – December 1, 1929) was an American lawyer and politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, and was general counsel for the Ford Motor Company and the Henry Ford interests.

Early life[edit]

Lucking was born in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada and moved with his parents to Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1858 where he attended public schools, Ypsilanti High School, and the Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University).[1] He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor in 1878, and was admitted to the bar the same year.[2] He began the practice of law in Jackson, Michigan.


He moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1880 and continued the practice of law. He was temporary chairman of the Democratic State Convention in 1900 and was both temporary and permanent chairman of the State conventions in 1902, 1908, and 1924. He was permanent chairman in 1928.[1]

In 1902, Lucking defeated incumbent Republican John Blaisdell Corliss to be elected as a Democratic candidate from Michigan's 1st congressional district to the Fifty-eighth Congress, serving from March 4, 1903 until March 3, 1905.[3][4]

Lucking was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1904 to the Fifty-ninth Congress and resumed the practice of law in Detroit. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1912. He later became general counsel for the Ford Motor Company and the Henry Ford interests from 1914 to 1923, and was industrialist Henry Ford's personal attorney.[4] He also served as president of the Detroit-Vancouver Timber Company. He was a delegate to the 1924 Democratic National Convention.[5]


Lucking died in Detroit, Michigan on December 1, 1929 (age 72 years, 348 days).[6] He is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit.[7]

Family life[edit]

Lucking was the son of Joseph Alfred Lucking and Margaret Ellen Ford.[6] He married Sarah Laviah Rose on February 23, 1881.[8] They had two sons, William A. Lucking and Dean L. Lucking[9]


  1. ^ a b Hannan, Caryn (1998). Michigan Biographical Dictionary: A-I. North American Book Dist LLC. p. 91.
  2. ^ UM Libraries (1903). The Michigan Alumnus, Volume 9. UM Libraries. p. 234.
  3. ^ Northup, A. Dale. Detroit's Woodlawn Cemetery. Arcadia Publishing 2003. p. 81.
  4. ^ a b Northup, A. Dale (2003). Detroit's Woodlawn Cemetery. Arcadia Publishing. p. 81.
  5. ^ Hannan, Caryn and Herman, Jennifer L. (2008). Michigan Biographical Dictionary. North American Book Dist LLC. p. 91.
  6. ^ a b "Alfred Edward Lucking". Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  7. ^ Spencer, Thomas (1998). Where They're Buried: A Directory Containing More Than Twenty Thousand Names of Notable Persons Buried in American Cemeteries, with Listings of Many Prominent People who Were Cremated. Genealogical Publishing Com. p. 68.
  8. ^ Michigan State Bar Journal. Michigan State. p. 19.
  9. ^ Bench & Bar of Michigan: Nineteen Hundred Eighteen. Bench and Bar Publishing Company 1918. p. 115.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John B. Corliss
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 1st congressional district

1903 – 1905
Succeeded by
Edwin Denby