Today in Michigan History

July 22, 1930

Detroit Mayor Charles Bowles is recalled.

One of Detroit’s least fortunate mayors, Charles Bowles, was elected in 1930 as the Great Depression tightened its grip on Detroit. Bowles promised to cut the city’s budget at a time when the growing number of unemployed looked to government for help. Since most of his recommendations generated hostility, angry Detroit voters called a special election and ousted the mayor only seven months after he entered office.

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