Eugene Van Antwerp


Eugene Van Antwerp (July 26, 1889 – August 5, 1962) was the mayor of Detroit, Michigan. Eugene Ignatius Van Antwerp was born on July 26, 1889, the son of Eugene C. and Cecelia Renaud Van Antwerp. He was educated in parochial schools and then at the University of Detroit and worked as an instructor in English at Gonzaga University in 1910-1911. He returned to Detroit, working briefly at the Detroit Police Department before going to work as a civil engineer. He did engineering work first for the Michigan Central Railroad and then for the Grand Trunk Railroad. Van Antwerp served as a captain in the United States Army Corps of Engineers during World War I, and was among the first members of the Allied Expeditionary Force to land in France, serving in 1918-1919. He returned to his position with Grand Trunk after the war. He was chief engineer for the National Survey Service from 1926–1928, after which he went into private practice as an engineer and surveyor. In 1911, Van Antwerp married Mary Fances McDevitt. The couple had eleven children: Dolores, Pauline, Loretta, Eugene, Joseph, Gore, Joan, Agnes, George, Decia, and Daniel. Van Antwerp was elected to the Detroit City Council in  ( Wikipedia article )


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