Sample Some Early Detroit Auto History
Men from all walks of life emptied their bank accounts and rolled up their sleeves to launch Detroit’s early automobile companies. One very notable early investor was Edwin Denby, a patrician lawyer in Detroit who put up $12,500, half the start-up cash raised, to help found Hupp Motor Company.
The instant success of Hupmobile’s first car, the Hupp 20, made him rich overnight. But Edwin Denby was more than a lawyer, he was a junior diplomat in China before he turned 20, played football for the University of Michigan, was elected as a representative to the Michigan legislature and then Congress, saw active duty in both the Spanish-America War and World War I, and served as the Secretary of the Navy.
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