MICHIGAN: The Ordeals of Orville

Orville L. Hubbard had been running for one public office after another for almost ten years, but he could not get elected. Then, one fine day in 1941, the citizens of Dearborn, Mich. (pop. 94,000) were overcome by a desire for reform and they elected loudmouthed, 225-lb. "Little Orvie" Hubbard their mayor.

Orville opened his office to all comers, stocked it like a gift shop with articles to pass out to voters. With the help of a "strong man" city charter pushed through by his supporters, Orville chopped the once-dominant city council down to size, hired & fired department...

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