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Biography of Governor Charles M. Croswell

Charles M. Croswell, Governor of Michigan from Jan. 3, 1887 to Jan. 1, 1881, was born at Newburg, Orange County, N.Y., Oct. 31, 1825. He is the only son of John and Sallie (Hicks) Croswell. His father, who was of Scotch-Irish extraction, was a paper-maker, and carried on business in New York City. His ancestors …

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Governor John Judson Bagley

Biography of Governor John Judson Bagley

John Judson Bagley, Governor of Michigan from 1873 to 1877, was born in Medina, Orleans Co., N. Y., July 24, 1832. His father, John Bagley, was a native of New Hampshire, his mother, Mary M. Bagley, of Connecticut. He attended the district schools of Lockport, N.Y., until he was eight years old, at which time …

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Governor Henry P. Baldwin

Biography of Governor Henry P. Baldwin

Henry P. Baldwin, Governor of Michigan from Jan. 4, 1869 to Jan. 1, 1871, is a lineal descendant of Nathaniel Baldwin, a Puritan of Buckinghamshire, England, who settled at Milford, Conn, in 1639. His father was John Baldwin, a graduate of Dartmouth College. He died at North Providence, R. I., in 1826. His paternal grandfather …

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Governor Henry Howland Crapo

Biography of Governor Henry Howland Crapo

Henry Howland Crapo, Governor of Michigan from 1865-1869, was born May 24, 1804, at Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Mass., and died at Flint, Mich., July 22, 1869. He was the eldest son of Jesse and Phoebe (Howland) Crapo. His father was of French descent and was very poor, sustaining his family by cultivation of a farm …

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Governor Austin Blair

Biography of Governor Austin Blair

Austin Blair, Governor of Michigan from Jan. 2, 1861 to Jan. 4, 1965, and known as the War Governor, is an illustration of the beneficent influence of republican institutions, having inherited neither fortune or fame. He was born in a log cabin at Caroline, Tompkins Co. N.Y., Feb. 8, 1818. His ancestors came from Scotland …

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Governor Moses Wisner

Biography of Governor Moses Wisner

Moses Wisner, Governor of Michigan from 1859 to 1861, was born in Springport, Cayuga Co. N. Y., June 3, 1815. His early education was only what could be obtained at a common school. Agricultural labor and frugality of his parents gave him a physical constitution of unusual strength and endurance, which was ever preserved by …

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Kinsley S. Bingham

Biography of Governor Kinsley S. Bingham

Kinsley S. Bingham, Governor of Michigan from 1855 to 1859, and United States Senator, was born in Camillus, Onondaga County, N. Y., Dec. 16, 1808. His father was a farmer, an his own early life was consequently devoted to agricultural pursuits, but notwithstanding the disadvantages related to the acquisition of knowledge in the life of …

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Andrews Parsons

Biography of Governor Andrews Parsons

Andrews Parsons, Governor of Michigan from March 8, 1953 to Jan. 3, 1855, was born in the town of Hoosick, County of Rensselaer, and State of New York, on the 22d day of July, 1817, and died June 6, 1855, at the early age of 38 years. He was the son of John Parsons, born at Newburyport, Mass., Oct. 2, 1782, and who was the son of Andrew Parsons, a Revolutionary soldier, who as the son of Phineas Parsons, the son of Samuel Parsons, a descendant of Walter Parsons, born in Ireland in 1290.

Robert McClelland

Biography of Governor Robert McClelland

Robert McClelland, Governor of Michigan from Jan 1, 1852 to March 8, 1853, was born at Greencastle, Franklin Co., Penn., Aug 1, 1807. Among his ancestors were several officers of rank in the Revolutionary War, and some of his family connections were distinguished in the war of 1812, and that with Mexico. His father was …

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