People of Detroit:
Elijah Brush, the son of a Colonel in the Revolutionary Army, was born in Bennington, Vermont. He came to Detroit in 1798. He was educated at Dartmouth College an began practicing law in Detroit. Brush was married to Adelaide Askin and through that union, acquired the Askin Farm which was thenceforth known as Brush Farm. The couple had three sons and a daughter.
In 1805, Brush was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel of the Legionary Corps of Territorial Militia. In 1806, Brush was a supervisor, was elected a trustee of the town corporation, and was appointed Treasurer of the Territory, a position he held until December 13, 1813. Under the Act of 1806, Brush became the TOWN of Detroit's second mayor. From 1811 to 1814 Brush was a US attorney.
When Detroit was surrendered to the British in 1812, Brush went to York (Toronto). In October of 1813, Brush came back to Detroit with General Harrison's troops. He died the following December.