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  • ID: I279870
  • Name: Edwin DENBY
  • RELA: 8th cousin 3x removed
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 18 FEB 1870 in Evansville, Vanderburgh Co., IN
  • Event: Military service 1898 U. S. Navy
  • Event: Elected Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan BET 4 MAR 1905 AND 3 MAR 1911
  • Event: Military service BET 1917 AND 1919 Major, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Event: Appointed BET 6 MAR 1921 AND 10 MAR 1924 U.S. Secretary of the Navy
  • Death: 8 FEB 1929 in Detroit, Wayne Co., MI
  • Event: Pic Edwin Denby
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  • Note:
    DENBY, Edwin, (grandson of Graham Newell Fitch), a Representative from Michigan; born in Evansville, Vanderburg County, Ind., February 18, 1870; attended the public schools; went to China in 1885 with his father, who was United States Minister; employed in the Chinese imperial maritime customs service 1887-1894; returned to the United States in 1894; was graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1896; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Detroit in 1896; during the war with Spain served as a gunner's mate, third class, United States Navy, on the Yosemite; member of the State house of representatives in 1903; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth, Sixtieth, and Sixty-first Congresses (March 4, 1905- March 3, 1911); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910 to the Sixty- second Congress; resumed the practice of law in Detroit; also engaged in banking and various other business enterprises; president of the Detroit Charter Commission in 1913 and 1914; president of the Detroit Board of Commerce in 1916 and 1917; enlisted as a private in the United States Marine Corps in 1917; retired as major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1919; appointed chief probation officer in the recorder's court of the city of Detroit and in the circuit court of Wayne County in 1920; appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Harding and served from March 4, 1921, until March 10, 1924, when he resigned in the aftermath of the Teapot Dome scandal; again resumed the practice of law and various business enterprises; died in Detroit, Mich., February 8, 1929; interment in Elmwood Cemetery.
    --- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

    Father: Charles Harvey DENBY b: 16 JUN 1830 in Botetourt Co., VA
    Mother: Martha FITCH b: 22 FEB 1835 in Logansport, Cass Co., IN

    Marriage 1 Marian Bartlett THURBER
    • Married: 18 MAR 1911 in Detroit, Wayne Co., MI
    1. Has No Children Edwin DENBY , Jr. b: 31 MAY 1912 in Detroit, Wayne Co., MI
    2. Has No Children Marian DENBY b: 1917
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