Edward Jeffries

Lawyer (1900)
Sun Feb 16 2020
By   sabin

Former American politician, mayor of Detroit and councilman, Edward J. Jeffries Jr. was a well-known politician. He was also a famous lawyer.

Edward Jr. was born on 3rd April 1900 in Detroit, Michigan, United States of America, where another lawyer Mark Wallace was also born. 

Born and raised by his American parents Judge Edward J. Jeffries and Minnie Stott Jeffries, he is of White ethnicity and holds an American nationality.

Edward was married to Florence O' Bell

The famous political was living happily in his marital life. In the year 1930, Edward Jr exchanged his wedding vows with Florence O' Bell.

Edward posing with his wife and her friend
Image: Edward with his wife and friend
Source: Wayne State University Digital Collections

The pair stayed together until Edward's death in 1950. In their twenty years nuptials, late Edward and former partner Florence shares a son.

There is no information about the child as he is said to be adopted by the couple after a few years of their marriage.

Know about his Net Worth

Edward J. Jeffries Jr was one of the most famous lawyers, politicians, and a councilman whose net worth was estimated to be around $1 million at the time of his death, which is more than another lawyer Hannah Pham.

Serving as a lawyer and councilman at the same time, Jeffries Jr's yearly wage was around $84,794 and $38,950, respectively.

Died due to Heart Attack

The famous lawyer and politician were working fine in his City Council office until he suffered from a heart attack and passed away on 2nd April 1950

Edward's grave yard, cremeted grave
Photo: Edward's grave
Source: Find A Grave

Jeffries first suffered from a heart attack on 18th March 1950, while he was on vacation in Miami Beach, Florida. Following his death, the section of I-96 in Livonia and Detriot is named in his honor.

Served as the Detroit City Council

Jeffries worked as the Detroit City Council in 1932 and served for four years, from 1932 to 1940, serving the last two as president of the City Council. During the time, he was influenced by the councilman. 

Later in 1939, he ran as economically conservative, socially responsible reformer for mayor of Detroit against Richard Reading. 

Reading intruded in an enormous corruption scandal that finally sent him to prison and lost more than two-on - elections.

Jeffries again ran for Mayor four times

After he came out the prison, Jeffries still stood up in the election for mayor. All together, Edward ran four times and served as the mayor from 1940 to 1948.

The five-term campaign Jeffries lost because of his unpopularity after the 1943 race conflict, and Councilman Eugene Van Antwerp defeated him. 

Jeffries was not successful during his fifth term, due to his unpopularity after the racial unrest and lost to Eugene Van Antwerp.

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