Joseph Morrell Dodge cover Time Magazine 1955

Joseph Morrell Dodge cover Time Magazine 1955

Family & Early Years: He was born in Detroit, the son of a commercial artist. A graduate of Detroit’s Central High School (class of 1908), Dodge did not go to college though in later years he won honorary doctorates of law from Wayne and Michigan Universities.

Banking Career: Beginning as a messenger in Detroit’s Central Savings Bank, Dodge had a Horatio Alger rise in the business. In 1933, at 43, he became president of Michigan’s oldest bank, now the Detroit Bank, is also a director of the Chrysler Corp. (but no kin to the Dodge motor family).

Public Career: Government first called him in 1942, when he was asked to handle the renegotiation of Army Air Force contracts in the Midwest. He did so well that Secretary of War Henry Stimson called him to Washington to become top man in the Government’s entire contract renegotiation program. Then he served under Eisenhower, as chief adviser on postwar currency problems in Germany, won the President’s Medal of Merit for his achievements. Later, he went to Japan, arrested an incipient runaway inflation with blunt recommendations for austerity and fiscal reform; the Army decorated him with its Exceptional Civilian Service Medal “for making possible a stabilization program unparalleled in modern history.”

Personality: Unbending (he is “Mr. Dodge” even to the Detroit Bank’s vice presidents), outspoken (he told MacArthur: “I’m no colonel bucking to be a brigadier—I can be objective, because the most I’ll get out of this is a kick in the pants”), indefatigable (“my hobby is work”), Banker Dodge is an implacable anti-inflationist. He and his wife Julia live in fashionable Grosse Pointe outside of Detroit, have one son, Joseph Jeffers, 35. Dodge is an Episcopalian. He makes something of a fetish ot keeping himself physically fit. Some years ago, a boxer with whom he took daily workouts said of him: “If Mr. Dodge had only stuck to boxing instead of becoming a bank president, he might have made something of himself.”

More Quotes of Joseph Morrell Dodge:

“A Communist is a Socialist in a hurry.”

“The hardest taskmaster is a strong sense of responsibility.”

“What every man needs, regardless of his job or the kind of work he is doing, is a vision of what his place is and may be. He needs an objective and a purpose. He needs a feeling and a belief that he has some worthwhile thing to do.”

Joseph Morrell Dodge, Republican, Son – Joseph J. Dodge, Grandson – Jeffers MacArthur Dodge, Great Grandson – Taz Brighton Dodge, Detroit Banker, Economist, Eisenhower’s Cabinet,  Budget Director


5 Responses to “About”

  1. Taz Dodge Says:

    Huh, thats something. Sure does make me proud to be a Dodge.

  2. I’m glad I found this article. I lived next door to his son, Mr. “Jerry” Dodge, the artist when I was first married. I enjoyed boat rides with him and helped him with occasional projects around his house. He passed away in 1997. He was a very interesting individual. I have a stack of post cards that he sent my wife and I whenever he travelled, which was often. He certainly favored his dad.

  3. Allison Says:

    So glad to see this is here. I wish the grandson that is
    writing the biography would continue to work on it and send
    the family of Dodges excerpts as he progresses while us
    elder ones can enjoy it while we are here. Thank you.
    Allison Dodge Smith

  4. MajorC Says:

    So, who is writing the book? Any date for completion?

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