Pingree, Hazen

Pingree, Hazen (Stuart)

(1840–1901) businessman, mayor, governor; born in Denmark, Maine. After serving in the Civil War, he went to Detroit where he became a successful shoe manufacturer. As reform Republican mayor of Detroit (1890–96), he made several major reforms that benefited the citizenry instead of special interests; most notable was his providing gardens for the unemployed, nationally known as "Pingree's Potato Patches." He served as governor (1897–1901) where he attempted to extend his reforms to the railroads.