Having elected someone into office, whether it be the mayor, president, congress, etc. you would want the person to fight for the good of the people and serve them well right? Hazen S. Pingree was the man for that. Pingree was a wealthy businessman with no prior political experience before 1889, but in 1890 that changed for him. He was elected mayor of Detroit in that year and served for 7 years. Unlike many politicians at the time Pingree “constantly battled for the common man against all vested interests”. (Rubenstein & Ziewacz, p. 126)
Through his dedication for the people he earned much love and respect from them. Pingree had many reform programs that he put into motion during his mayorship. Some call him “Our First Progressive Governor” (French, Week 6 video) Among his many programs he implemented was Pingree’s Potato patches, the city’s assessments of homes and the gas company’s high rates. After learning about Pingree’s potato patches I was very impressed. Pingree sold his prized forest and used that money to allow Detroiters to grow potatoes in various places. He used his own money to assist people who were starving and would not survive. Pingree also found out that the City’s wealthy home corporations were charging much more for homes then they should have been. His outlook was that the business owners should be paying the same amount for the home as the homeowners.
There are many more reform programs that Pingree instituted for the city of Detroit that helped the city as well as the people. Pingree was not in office for money or for personal gain, overall he genuinely wanted to help his people and make Detroit strive.