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  Tenerowicz, Rudolph G.
NameRudolph G. Tenerowicz
Hamtramck, Michigan , United States
Born June 14, 1890
DiedAugust 31, 1963 (73 years)
ContributorBarack O-blame-a
Last ModifedRBH
Dec 07, 2015 10:02pm
Tags Polish - Convicted -
InfoRudolph Gabriel Tenerowicz (June 14, 1890 - August 31, 1963) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

Tenerowicz was born in Budapest, Hungary. His parents, John (a Polish diplomat in Hungary) and Antoinette (Gall) Tenerowicz, immigrated with their family to the United States in 1892 and settled in Adrian, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. He attended the parochial schools in Adrian, St. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan; St. Bonaventure’s College in Allegany, New York; and St. Ignatius College in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated in medicine from Loyola University Chicago in 1912 and practiced medicine in Chicago from 1912 to 1923.

During World War I, Tenerowicz served from September 10, 1917 as a first lieutenant in the Medical Corps of the United States Army until his discharge on December 26, 1918. He was captain in the Medical Reserve Corps from 1919 to 1934. He received a postgraduate course in surgery at Illinois Post Graduate School at Chicago. He moved to Hamtramck, Michigan in 1923 and continued the practice of medicine.

Tenerowicz served as mayor of Hamtramck from 1928 to 1932. In 1931 Tenerowicz and twelve others, including two named Jacob Kaplan and Isaac Levey, were indicted for bribery. He was tried and convicted on vice conspiracy charges and freed from prison when pardoned by Democratic Governor William A. Comstock. Despite the conviction, Tenerowicz returned to serve as mayor from 1936 to 1938. He was member of the Wayne County Board of Supervisors for seven years. In 1938, he was elected, without challenge, as a Democrat from Michigan's 1st congressional district to the Seventy-sixth Congress and reelected in 1938 to the Seventy-seventh, serving from January 3, 1939 to January 3, 1943. He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-nomination in 1942 and for election as a Republican in 1946, 1948, 1950, 1952, and 1954.

Rudolph "Doc" Tenerowicz married Margaret A. McGuire in 1938 in Bowling Green Ohio. Together they had a blended family, one daughter and two sons. Marjorie Paynter of Dearborn, Michigan, William G. Tenerowicz, of Great Falls Virginia, and John F. Tenerowicz of Hilton Head, South Carolina, and 12 great grandchildren.

Rudolph G. Tenerowicz resumed practice in Hamtramck, Michigan where he died in 1963. He and Margaret, his wife were interred in Arlington National Cemetery.


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  11/02/1954 MI District 1 Lost 11.33% (-77.00%)
  11/04/1952 MI District 1 Lost 15.25% (-69.16%)
  08/05/1952 MI District 01- R Primary Won 28.83% (+3.65%)
  11/07/1950 MI District 1 Lost 15.92% (-66.27%)
  09/12/1950 MI District 01- R Primary Won 39.35% (+1.03%)
  11/02/1948 MI District 1 Lost 16.05% (-67.40%)
  09/14/1948 MI District 01- R Primary Won 21.06% (+1.20%)
  06/18/1946 MI District 1 - R Primary Lost 23.92% (-12.06%)
  09/15/1942 MI District 1 - D Primary Lost 28.77% (-15.12%)
  11/05/1940 MI District 1 Won 79.85% (+60.31%)
  09/10/1940 MI District 1 - D Primary Won 51.99% (+20.32%)
  11/08/1938 MI District 1 Won 80.42% (+61.59%)
  09/13/1938 MI District 1 - D Primary Won 44.68% (+4.43%)