Dearborn in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Orville L. Hubbard, LLB
Orville L. Hubbard (1903-82) was mayor of Dearborn for 15 terms, from 1942-78, one of the longest tenures of any full-time U.S. mayor. Born near Union City, Michigan, Hubbard served in the Marine Corps from 1922-25 and graduated from Detroit College of Law. Settling in Dearborn, he ran unsuccessfully for public office nine times before becoming mayor.
Sometimes labeled a political "boss," Hubbard was a colorful, controversial figure who won re-election by landslide margins despite a libel judgement, a recall attempt, a grand jury investigation, a governor's removal hearing, and a federal civil rights conspiracy trial. A self-acknowledged segregationist, he periodically gained negative national attention for comments that disparaged African-Americans.
Largely because of disproportionanately high property taxes levied against Ford Motor Co. and other businesses, he was able to keep homeowners' taxes low and still provide what he called "the world's best public service" while creating Deaborn's signature facilities — well-maintained parks and pools, Camp Deaborn, the Henry Ford Centennial Library, and housing for
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics.
Location. Marker has been permanently removed. It was located near 42° 18.49′ N, 83° 14.396′ W. Marker was in Dearborn, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker was at the intersection of South Brady Street and Garrison Street, on the right when traveling north on South Brady Street. Marker is outside of the Dearborn Historical Museum's McFadden-Ross House. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 915 South Brady Street, Dearborn MI 48124, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The Richard Gardner House (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Arsenal 1839-1875 Powder Magazine (a few steps from this marker); U. S. Arsenal - - - Armory (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S. Arsenal-Sutler's Shop (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Military Reserve (approx. ¼ mile away); Michigan Soldiers Trained at U.S. Arsenal During Civil War (approx. ¼ mile away); Commandant's Quarters (approx. ¼ mile away); U.S. Arsenal Officers' - Surgeons' Quarters and Barracks 1833 - 1875 (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dearborn.
Also see . . . Controversy over the Orville Hubbard statue. Section (Submitted on June 19, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 6, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 6, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. 5. submitted on June 19, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.