|Birth: ||Jun. 16, 1928|
|Death: ||Nov. 27, 1979|
Jerome Patrick Cavanagh was mayor of Detroit, Michigan from 1962 to 1970. Initially seen as another John F. Kennedy, his reputation was cemented by the 1967 riots. He was the first Mayor to inhabit the Manoogian Mansion, Donated to the city by the industrial baron Alex Manoogian. In his first campaign ever, the 33 year old Cavanagh stunned political observers by defeating incumbent Louis Mariani. Mariani had an enormous amount of institutional support, but he had managed to alienate both Detroit's growing black community by condoning police brutality and Detroit's white reactionaires by not doing anything to halt residential integration. His hopes were dashed by large macroeconomic forces, generations of anger, and tragic fate. As Mayor, Cavanagh got off to a popular start, appointing a reformer to be chief of police and implementing an affirmative action program for most city agencies. Unlike Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, who stonewalled the American civil rights movement, Jerry Cavanagh welcomed Martin Luther King, Jr. to Detroit, and marched with him in June 1963 down Woodward Avenue in the 100,000 strong March for Freedom. Cavanagh was successful in getting money from Washington, DC through the Model Cities Program. New skyscrapers were built downtown. Cavanaugh ran for United States Senate in 1966, and had ideas of higher achievement. Cavanagh wanted to show the nation that cities could be relevant and livable. Mayor Cavanaugh did not run for re-election in 1969. For 1969 Democratic candidate Roman Gribbs was elected. In 1974, Cavanagh again ran for office, this time for Governor, but lost in the primary election to Democrat Sander Levin, who later lost in the general election to Republican William Milliken. It was to be Cavanagh's last attempt at political office. Following his defeat, Cavanagh returned to his private law practice in Detroit.
Thank You Jack Lessenberry for the correction on the 1969 election.
Mount Elliott Cemetery
Plot: Sect B #52
Created by: Michael Hojnacki
Record added: Jul 15, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14943183