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James J. Couzens, Jr.

Birthplace: Chatham, Ontario, Canada
Death: 1936 (63-64)
Detroit, MI ( Kidney failure)
Immediate Family:

Son of James Joseph Couzens, Sr. and Emma Couzens
Husband of Margaret Couzens
Father of Homer Couzens; Frank Couzens, 60th and 62nd Mayor of Detroit; Madeline Yaw; Margo Couzens and Edith Valerie Maloney
Brother of Albert Couzens; Homer Couzens; Rosetta Couzens and Alice Couzens

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About James J. Couzens, Jr., Mayor, US Senator


James J. Couzens (August 26, 1872 – October 22, 1936) was an American businessman, politician and philanthropist. He served as mayor of Detroit (1919–1922) and U.S. Senator from Michigan (1922–1936). Prior to entering politics he served as vice president and general manager of the Ford Motor Company.

Couzens was born in Chatham, Ontario, Canada in 1872, the son of soapmaker James and Emma Clift Couzens. He attended the public schools of Chatham and spent time at a business college. He moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1890 and worked as a railroad car checker for the New York Central Railroad from 1890 to 1897. Couzen's diligence at the railroad was noticed by Alexander Y. Malcomson, who hired the young man as a clerk in his coal business. Couzens worked for Malcomson from 1897 to 1903.

In 1898, Couzens married Margaret Manning. The couple had six children: a son born in 1899 who died in infancy; Homer Couzens, born in 1900; Frank Couzens (later mayor of Detroit), born in 1902; Madeline, born in 1904; Margo, born in 1910, and Edith, born in 1911


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Chatham, Ontario, Canada
February 28, 1902
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States
Age 64
Detroit, MI