William C. Maybury

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William C. Maybury
41st Mayor of Detroit, Michigan
In office
Preceded byWilliam Richert (mayor)
Succeeded byGeorge P. Codd
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1887
Preceded byHenry W. Lord
Succeeded byJohn L. Chipman
Personal details
BornNovember 20, 1848
Detroit, Michigan
DiedMay 6, 1909 (aged 60)
Detroit, Michigan
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Michigan Law School

William Cotter Maybury (November 20, 1848 – May 6, 1909) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

Early life[edit]

1912 statue of William C. Maybury in downtown Detroit, MI

William Maybury was born in Detroit, Michigan on November 20, 1848,[1] the son of Thomas Maybury.[2] He attended public schools in Detroit, graduating in 1866.[2] He went on to attend the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, graduating from the academic department with a Bachelor of Arts in 1870 and from the law department with a Bachelor of Laws in 1871.[1][2] He was admitted to the bar in the latter year and commenced practice in Detroit, entering into a partnership with Edward F. Conely.[2] He was city attorney of Detroit from 1876 to 1880 and lecturer on medical jurisprudence in the Michigan College of Medicine at Detroit in 1881 and 1882.[1]


In 1880, Maybury ran as a Democrat for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan's 1st congressional district, losing in the general election to Republican Henry W. Lord. Maybury was elected in 1882 to the 48th and again in 1884 to the 49th Congresses, serving from March 4, 1883 to March 3, 1887. He was not a candidate for re-election in 1886.[1]

After returning from Washington, D.C., Maybury resumed the practice of law in Detroit.[1] He was elected Mayor of Detroit in 1897, serving out the remainder of Hazen S. Pingree's term after the latter had resigned to become governor of Michigan.[2] He was re-elected twice more, serving as mayor until 1904.[1][2] While mayor, he organized a time capsule, the Detroit Century Box, which contained the letters of 56 prominent citizens and was sealed on December 31, 1900. It was opened 100 years later, on December 31, 2000.[3][4] Maybury was an unsuccessful candidate for governor of Michigan in 1900, being defeated by Republican candidate, Aaron T. Bliss.[1]

Later life and Death[edit]

After Edward F. Conley's death in 1888, Maybury formed a law partnership with John D. Conely and Alfred Lucking, calling themselves Conely, Maybury, and Lucking.[2] Conely retired in 1892 and the firm changed to Maybury & Lucking; it was later known as Maybury, Lucking, Emmons, & Helfman.[2] Maybury also worked as counsel to the Standard Life & Accident Insurance Company.[5]

Maybury remained a bachelor until the end of his life.[2]

William C. Maybury died in 1909 in Detroit and was interred in Elmwood Cemetery.[1] There is a statue of Maybury in Grand Circus Park in downtown Detroit, which was completed by Adolph Alexander Weinman for $22,000 and unveiled to the public in 1912.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h United States Congress. "William C. Maybury (id: M000280)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Compendium of History and Biography of the City of Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan, Henry Taylor & Co, 1908, pp. 503–504
  3. ^ "Future Friday: Century Box Prophecies" Detroit Historical Society. Retrieved August 13, 2013
  4. ^ Andrea Cecil, "100-year-old time capsule opened in Detroit" Republished from the Kalamazoo Gazette (January 2, 2001). Retrieved August 13, 2013
  5. ^ The government of the city of Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan: 1701 to 1907, historical and biographical, 1907, pp. 42–43
  6. ^ Political Graveyard "Index to Politicians: Mayall to Maynadier" Check |url= value (help). The Political Graveyard. Retrieved November 1, 2010.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry W. Lord
United States Representative for the 1st Congressional District of Michigan
Succeeded by
John L. Chipman
Political offices
Preceded by
William Richert
Mayor of Detroit
Succeeded by
George P. Codd