Oscar B. B. Marx Edit Profile
Marx attended the Detroit public schools and the German-American Seminary, and spent much of his early life farming, but as Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan grew, the encroaching cities swallowed the Marx farm.
Oscar Marx used this money to buy into a bankrupt optical firm, the Michigan Optical Company, in 1891, and steered the company to become one of the largest in the region. In 1897, Marx married Lydia Darmstaetter. The couple had two children: Lydia Marx and Marx Jr.
In 1894-95, Marx was the Detroit estimator-at-large. In 1895 he was elected as an alderman, a position he held for eight years. In 1904, Marx ran for City Treasurer, but was beaten.
He served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1908 (and was again a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1916). In 1910, he was appointed City Assessor, and two years later saw his first term as Detroit's mayor. Marx served three terms in all as mayor.
Marx appointed James J. Couzens, the man who would become the next mayor, to take over the Detroit police force, and in February of his final year in office Marx created a committee to oversee the feasibility of construction the Outer Drive bypass in the city. Oscar Marx died on November 23, 1923.
In addition to being president of the Michigan Optical Company, Marx was a member of the board of directors of the Standard Computing Scale Company and vice-president of the Robert Oakman Land Co.
Married Lydia Darmstaetter, February 4, 1897.