George C. Langdon

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George C. Langdon
George C Langdon Detroit.jpg
Mayor of Detroit
In office
Preceded by Alexander Lewis
Succeeded by William G. Thompson
Personal details
Born 1833
Geneva, New York
Died June 1909
Geneva, New York

George C. Langdon (1833 – June 1909) was the mayor of Detroit, Michigan.

Early years[edit]

George C. Langdon was born in Geneva, New York in 1833, the son of A. M. Langdon.[1][2] He went to school in Batavia, New York and Farmington, Connecticut, and at the age of 18 became a clerk for the wholesale firm of Lord, Warren, Slater & Co.[1] The next year he returned to Geneva, and his father sent him to Flint, Michigan to become a farmer. After three years on the farm, Langdon moved to Detroit and entered Gregory Commercial College to study bookkeeping.[1] He graduated with a Master in Science of Bookkeeping and Accounts degree,[2] and began work as a bookkeeper, first for a copper smelting firm and then at a bank.[1] From there, he went into the commission business.

Later years[edit]

In 1864, Langdon and a partner purchased a brewery and began doing business under the name "Langdon and Co."[1] In 1870 he became sole proprieter, and a few years later sold the brewery to become a maltster;[1] his business enterprisese afforded him a comfortable fortune.[3]

Langdon, elected as a Democrat served one term as the mayor of Detroit, from 1878 - 1879.[1] After serving as mayor, Langdon suffered a number of setbacks which decimated his personal wealth and forced him to hire on as a clerk at the City Hall.[3]

Langdon married Fannie Vallie in 1859;[2] the couple had two daughters.[1] Langdon's wife died in 1889, followed closely by one of his daughters.[2] Langdon died in June, 1909, in Geneva, New York.[4]

Political offices
Preceded by
Alexander Lewis
Mayor of Detroit
Succeeded by
William G. Thompson


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Silas Farmer (1889), THE HISTORY OF DETROIT AND MICHIGAN, p. 1048 
  2. ^ a b c d Carlisle, Fred, ed. (1890), Chronography of Notable Events in the History of the Northwest Territory and Wayne County, Detroit: O.S. Gulley, Bornman, pp. 416–417 
  3. ^ a b The government of the city of Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan: 1701 to 1907, historical and biographical, 1907, p. 35 
  4. ^ "APPOINTED, BUT MAY LOSE POST". The Detroit Free Press. June 7, 1909.