Frank Ellsworth Doremus Edit Profile
Frank Doremus attended the public schools of Portland, Michigan and graduated from Detroit College of Law.
The Doremus family moved to Ovid, Michigan in 1866, and then to Portland, Michigan in 1872. In 1882, Doremus began work at the Portland Observer, then moved on to take charge of the Pewamo Plain Dealer and established the Portland Review in 1885, editing it until 1899. Doremus married Libby Hatley in 1890.
The couple had one child, Robert. Doremus was postmaster of Portland from 1895 to 1899. He was elected township clerk in 1888 and re-elected in 1889.
In 1890, Doremus was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives from Ionia County's 1st District serving from 1890 to 1892. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Detroit in 1899. He was assistant corporation counsel of Detroit from 1903 to 1907 and city comptroller 1907-1910.
In 1910, Doremus defeated incumbent Republican Edwin C. Denby to be elected as a Democrat from Michigan's 1st congressional district to the Sixty-second and to the four succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1911 to March 3, 1921, and was elected chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 1913. He was a delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan in 1916 and 1920. He served as mayor of Detroit in 1923, defeating former Detroit Police Commissioner Dr. James W. Inches in the general election, until he resigned the following year due to ill-health.
He resumed the practice of law in Fowlerville, Michigan. Frank Ellsworth Doremus died in Howell, Michigan and was interred in Roseland Park, Berkley, Michigan.
Member Michigan House of Representatives, 1890-1892. Member 62d to 66th Congresses (1911-1921), 1st Michigan District.
Married Elizabeth Hatley, June 26, 1890.