William Barlum Thompson
|William Barlum Thompson|
|43rd Mayor of Detroit, Michigan|
|Preceded by||George P. Codd|
|Succeeded by||Philip Breitmeyer|
|45th Mayor of Detroit, Michigan|
|Preceded by||Philip Breitmeyer|
|Succeeded by||Oscar Marx|
|Born||March 10, 1860
|Died||February 12, 1941 (aged 80)
William Barlum Thompson (March 10, 1860 – February 12, 1941) was the Mayor of Detroit from 1907 to 1908 and again from 1911 to 1912.
William Barlum Thompson was born on March 10, 1860 in Detroit, the son of Thomas and Bridget Barlum Thompson. He graduated from the public schools of the city, and in 1876 from Goldsmith's Business University, located in Detroit.
He went into the meat-market business with his uncle Thomas Barlum, became a partner with Barlum in 1880, and set off on his own in 1882. In 1887 he married Nellie Hymes; the couple had nine children: Mary (born 1888), Kathleen (1889), Irene (1891), William Grover (1892), Francis Leo (1895), Helen M. (1897), Edna L. (1899), Edith R. (1905), and Virginia M. (1909).
William Barlum Thompson was a Democrat, and served as an alderman for two terms, from 1891-1894, but declined to run for a third term. However, by popular demand, he ran again in 1896 and was re-elected. In 1897, he was elected city treasurer and resigned his seat as an alderman. He served as treasurer for nine years.
He was elected mayor twice, serving in 1907-1908 and again in 1911-1912.
Thopmson went into partnership with his cousin John J. Barlum, forming the Cadillac Square Improvement Company. The company constructed a number of buildings around Cadillac Square, including the Barlum Tower (now Cadillac Tower), the Barlum Hotel, and the Lawyers Building.
William Barlum Thompson died in Detroit on February 12, 1941.
- The government of the city of Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan: 1701 to 1907, historical and biographical, 1907, pp. 52–55
- "Thompson Archive". Rootsweb. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
- ALBERT NELSON MARQUIS (1908), THE BOOK OF DETROITERS, pp. 445–46
- "History: New Cadillac Square". The New Cadillac Square Apartments. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
- Ren Farley. "Cadillac Tower/Barlum Tower". Detroit1701.org. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
- "WILLIAM B THOMPSON". New York Times. Feb 13, 1941.
George P. Codd
|Mayor of Detroit
|Mayor of Detroit