Biography of James McMillan
Monroe County, MI Biographies

JAMES McMILLAN, of Detroit, was born in Hamilton, Ontario, May 18, 1838. He received a thorough English education in the Hamilton Grammar School. He passed four years in a retail hardware establishment in that city. From thence he came to Detroit, and spent two years in the wholesale hardware house of Buhl & Ducharme. Leaving that establishment he became successively purchasing agent of the Detroit and Milwaukee Railway, a railroad contractor's agent, again purchasing agent of the Detroit and Milwaukee Railway, and in 1864 commenced his phenomenally successful career as a manufacturer, by founding; with others, the Michigan Car Company, from which have sprung numerous other enterprises, until now he is the head and front of manufacturing establishments which employ over three thousand men the year round, and do a business aggregating from five to seven millions of dollars annually. He is also heavily interested in Michigan railroads, being president of the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railroad, and a director of other roads.

Mr. McMillan was married in 1860 to Miss Mary L. Wetmore. He has four sons and one daughter living. His beautiful residence in Detroit is adorned with choice works of art, and hospitality dwells therein. He has traveled extensively, both in this country and in Europe.

Mr. McMillan has always been a staunch Republican, and has been actively engaged in politics for the last twelve years, serving two terms as chairman of the Republican State Central Committee. In January, 1889, he was nominated by acclamation for United States Senator by the joint Republican caucus, and the Legislature elected him on the first ballot to succeed Thomas W. Palmer for the full term of six years from March 4, 1889.

History of Monroe County, Michigan
Talcott E. Wing, Editor
Munsell & Company, Publishers
New York 1890.

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