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Independent Man

The Life of Senator James Couzens

Harry Barnard
With an Introduction by David L. Lewis

American History, Biography, Michigan

Great Lakes Books Series

Published: July 2002
ISBN: 9780814335871

Couzens was one of the greatest and most powerful men ever to sit in the Senate of the United States… There is a warm sense of satisfaction given to the reader of this book. It renews his faith in man…

— Franklin Dunham

First published in 1958 by Charles Scribner’s Sons, Independent Man is the only book-length biography of one of Michigan’s most remarkable men. His many careers embraced both the business and political spheres.
Couzens was a prominent business man who helped shape Ford Motor Company but he left the company when he and Henry Ford clashed over politics. Upon leaving Ford, Couzens began his career in politics. He first served as Detroit’s police commissioner. He went on to a controversial term as mayor of Detroit and then represented Michigan in the U. S. Senate.
This book reveals the life of a truly unique and inspirational man.

David Lewis is a professor of history at University of Michigan. He is author of The Public Image of Henry Ford: An American Folk Hero and His Company (Wayne State University Press, 1987).