Jerome Eddy

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Jerome Eddy
19th Mayor of the City of Flint, Michigan
In office
Preceded by Edward Hughes Thompson
Succeeded by James C. Willson[1][2]
Personal details
Born November 29, 1829
Stafford, Genesee County, New York
Died November 24, 1905
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ellen M. Curtis
Relations Willard and Eliza (Case) Eddy, Parents
Lulu Orrell, daughter-in-law
Children Arthur Jerome Eddy
Profession Businessman

Jerome Eddy was a Michigan businessman, politician and diplomat.[1][2] He served on the Democratic Michigan State Central Committee and was a delegate to many Democratic State Conventions. During the Grover Cleveland Presidency, he served as a United States Consul in Canada.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born on November 29, 1829 in Stafford, Genesee County, New York, Eddy moved to Flint with his parents, Willard and Eliza (Case) Eddy, in 1837. In 1841, he left school to become an apprentice to George H. Hazleton, brother of another Flint Mayor, Porter Hazelton. When he reached the age of 20, he went into business for himself as a merchant and into real estate. Ellen M. Curtis married Eddy in 1858.[3] Eddy was in the lumbering business with Artemus Thayer operating a planing mill. Original, he lived with his wife at the corner of East Kearsley and Clifford streets, later the location of the Flint public library building, The Carnegie Library, in 1910. Around 1870 they moved to a house on Church Street built by George Hazelton in the 1930s.[4]

Political life[edit]

He was elected as the mayor of the City of Flint in 1878 serving a 1-year term.[1][5] While Mayor in 1878, Eddy purchased the Genesee Democrat from H. N. Mather. Soon afterwards, his son Arthur Jerome Eddy managed and edited the Democrat. His son became a noted businessman, art collector, and writer. His son married Lulu Orrell, the granddaughter of Henry H. Crapo, a Governor of Michigan.[6]

Post-political life[edit]

Eddy was buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Flint after he died on November 24, 1905.[3]

Political offices
Preceded by
Edward Hughes Thompson
Mayor of Flint
Succeeded by
James C. Willson


  1. ^ a b c Chapter XIII: Roster of City Officials. The History of Genesee County, MI.
  2. ^ a b List of Flint City Mayors. Political
  3. ^ a b c "Mayor Jerome Eddy". Flint Timeline Project. Archived from the original on May 31, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  4. ^ Chapter XVI: The Press. The History of Genesee County, MI
  5. ^ Index to Politicians: -- Eddy, Jerome of Flint Entry. Political
  6. ^ Chapter XVI: The Press The History of Genesee County, MI.