William D'Alton Mann

William D'Alton Mann
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Colonel William D'Alton Mann was born in Sandusky, Ohio on September 27, 1839. He was an engineer and manufacturer in Detroit. Starting as a Captain in the 1st Michigan Cavalry, he rose to Colonel of the 7th on February 9, 1863. He led ten companies (A through K – there was no J Company) from the Lee Barracks in Grand Rapids. The troops were raised in the counties of Saginaw, Eaton, Lenawee, Kalamazoo. After the war, he was an inventor, elected to Congress representing the 1st District of the state of Alabama, owned a magazine (The Mobile Register), was the opinionated Editor of “Town Topics” and the Publisher of “Smart Set.” Many dignitaries (J. Pierpont Morgan, Jay Gould, Charles Schwab and William K. Vanderbilt to name a few) were known to have loaned Mann money, which was never repaid. Few diligently attempted to collect the debt for fear they would be slandered in one of Mann’s publications!! He died in Morristown, New Jersey on May 17, 1920.

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