Famous Locals of Northville

William Purdy Yerkes

A son of an original settler to the Northville area, he was a judge and lawyer who became the first president of the village of Northville in 1867.  His descendents ran the Northville mills.  Yerkes Street in Northville pays homage to his influence in the history and establishment of the village.

Jennifer Granholm

The former governor and attoney general of Michigan, Granholm and her family have called Northville home for a number of years.  She is an honors graduate of University of California Berkley and Harvard Law School.  Granholm served as the 47th governor of Michigan, the first female governor.  She is democratic and is notable for her involvement in green energy policy.  Some of her significant acheivements in office are her budget reform that decreased the state’s budget deficit and education reform policy.  After leaving office, Granholm and her husband, Daniel Mulhern, coauthored A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Future, which offers her perspective on economic recovery in Michigan.  Currently, Granholm hosts The War Room with Jennifer Granholm on Current TV.


Calvin Johnson

This Detroit Lions player is actually a native of Georgia but currently resides in Northville.  On March 24, 2012, Johnson signed an eight year, 132 million dollar contract extension with the Detroit Lions.  This is one the largest sports contracts ever.  Johnson is know for his large stature.  He is 6 foot-5 inches tall and weighs 239 pounds, one of the largest cornerbacks in the NFL.  He carries the nickname “Megatron” and holds mulitple NFL records for his speed and scoring ability.

Mike Babcock

The Detroit Red Wings coach and his family have lived in Northville for the duration of his career with the Red Wings.  Although originally Canadian, Babcock has coached the Red Wings since 2005.  Under his term, the Red Wings have won one Stanley Cup and continue their 23 year streak of qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs.  In 2009 Babcock became the coach of the Canadian National Hockey team.  He became the only head ice hockey coach to ever lead his team to gold medals victories in consecutive Olymics appearances.

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