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Real Identity: Not Applicable
Appearances (JL/U): In Blackest Night Part One, Only a Dream Part One, Part Two, Hearts and Minds Part One, Hereafter Part One, and Ancient History
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Detroit was founded on July 24, 1701 by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. He named the city after the French word for strait in reference to the nearby Great Lakes, Lake Erie in particular. The French set this up as a trade post for the lucrative fur trade. In the French and Indian War of 1760, Britian took over Detroit. 36 years later, Detroit was given to the United States of America under a provision in the Jay Treaty of 1796. It was designated as the capitol of Michigan. After the War of 1812, the United States recaptured Detroit from the British. From the 1800s and 1900s, architecture and manufacturing flourished. Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company in 1904. Along with Dodge and Chrysler, Ford helped solidify Detroit as the automobile capitol of America. European immigrants and Southern workers flocked to Detroit for work and a new life. Likewise, segregation and racial tensions peaked in the 1970's.
Jon Stewart was born and raised in Detroit. Often fearing the end of the world, Stewart found solace in his uncle's collection of Justice Guild comic books. He eventually left to join the U.S. Marine Corps and later, the Green Lantern Corps. After believing he destroyed a planet by accident, Stewart returned home and was reunited with one of his former teachers, Mr. McGee, and met his grandson. With the help of the Justice League, Stewart was exonerated and rented an apartment in Detroit. He decided to hide his Lantern Battery in a pocket dimension in the apartment. Often a place of refuge from the Watchtower, Stewart unwinds in Detroit and lived with his lovers there. On only one known occassion, a supervillain (Shadow Thief) attacked Stewart in his home. Among his friends; Shayera Hol, the Flash, Kilowog, J'onn Jonzz, and Vixen have visited or lived with him.