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and re-elected in 1868, and served twice as chairman of the
Republican county committee. Now in business at Roscommon,


Was born in Shoreham, Vt., Sept. 24, 1797. He removed to Michigan
in 1842, and settled on a farm in the town of Lapeer, Lapeer county.
He was also engaged in mercantile business. He was a Representa-
tive in 1849. In politics a Whig.


Was born August 15, 1841, at Lodi, Ohio. He received a fair educa-
tion in the common schools and at Oberlin college. At the age of
eighteen he began the study of law, graduating at the Ohio state and
Union law colleges in 1862, and was admitted to practice the same
year. Soon afterward he entered the army, and was promoted until
he reached the rank of captain in the infantry service. He was
honorably discharged in 1814, for physical disabilities. He then
removed to Alpena, where he has since resided and practiced law.
He has held the offices of judge of probate, prosecuting attorney. U.
S. commissioner, school inspector, etc. In 1877, on the organization
of the 23d judicial circuit, he was elected circuit judge, and re-elected
April 4, 1881, serving until 1887.



Member of the " second convention of assent," 1836, and Representa-
tive from Wayne county in 1849, was born in Poultney, Vt., Dec. 24,
1804. He came to Michigan in 1826, and located a farm in Livonia.
As a pioneer lie made the wilderness to bud and blossom as the rose,
and died Sept. 17, 1849, on the farm that he had made. -He served
his town as justice for many years, and the county as superintendent
of the poor, 1847-49. Politics, democratic.


Representative from Branch county in 1S77-79, was born in Marion,
Wayne county, N. Y., Nov. 7. 1827. He received a common school
education, and removed to Quincy, Michigan, in April, 1851. He is
a farmer by occupation. In politics a Republican.


Senator from Berrien county in 1853, was born at Portland, Maine.
in 1813. He settled in Niles, Michigan, in 1837. In business a mer-
chant; politically a Democrat. He was for several years a trustee of
the union school at Niles, was mayor of Niles in 1S77, and a candidate
for presidential elector on the Douglass ticket in 1SG0. Died October
14, 1885.


Senator from Alcona, Alpena, Bay, Iosco, Ogemaw and Presque
Isle counties in 1877 and 1879, was born in Auburn, Cayuga county,
N. Y., in 182*), and in 1830 removed to Genesee county, Michigan.
He received a common school education, in 1846 commenced the
study of medicine, in 1850 settled in the village of Flushing, Genesee
county. He practiced medicine nineteen years in that place. He
removed to Bay City in 1809, and in 1870 graduated from the Detroit
medical college, and from that time has continued the practice of his
profession. In politics a Democrat.


Was born in Marcellus, N. Y., March 7, 1S01, where his parents had
removed from Connecticut in 1788. He received a common school
education, and assisted his father in farming, milling and carding


â– wool and dressing cloth until he was twenty-four. In 1834 he
removed to Colon, St. Joseph county, Michigan, and bought a large
farm, where he resided until his death, January 16, 1873. He was
twenty-five years a supervisor. In 1811 was a Representative, in
1859 Senator, and in 1SG7 a member of the constitutional conven-
tion. He was first a Whig, but a Republican from 1S54.


One of the Representatives from Kent county in 1885, was born in
Park, Mich., Dec. 5, 1835; was reared upon a farm, and for a time
followed the occupation of a farmer, finally engaging as a tea and
coffee merchant in Grand Rapids, where he now resides. He has
been school inspector, collector, school trustee, and supervisor, and
was elected on the fusion ticket.


Representative from Lenawee county in 1840. was born at Enfield,
Mass., June 15, 1S03, and died at Adrian, Mich , May 0, 1S75. He
prepared for college at Amherst academy, was two years at Wil-
liams college, then went to Dartmouth, graduating as a physician in
1S2G. Practiced two years at Yarmouth, Mass., then was a druggist
at Amherst until 1S36. He settled that year at Adrian, Mich., and
was in the drug trade until 18 10. With the exception of a short time
in the banking business, the rest of his life he gave to reading,
study and horticulture. He made a study of fruits and varieties best
adapted to the climate, and was employed by the United States pomo-
logical society to prepare a work, published by government. He gave
the land for the site of Adrian college, and was liberal in other direc-


Senator from the upper peninsula in 1855, was for a few years a mer-
chant at Eagle Harbor, Keneenaw county. Nothing further known
of him.


Attorney General of Michigan, 1801-3, Representative in congress,
1863 to 1^39, and State Senator, 1S55, '81-2, was born at Southington,
Conn., March 19, 1831. He received a common school and academical
education. In 1S.J1 commenced the study of law. and was for one


year in the Yale law school. He came to Constantine, Mich., in 1840.
and the next year removed to Centreville. He taught school, and in
1847 was deputy county clerk, and was admitted to the bar in 1847.
Engaged in practice at Centreville, was county clerk two years, and
two years prosecuting attorney of St. Joseph county. Removed to
Coldwaterin 1856, and from 1857 to 1861 was a railroad commissioner.
He continued in practice until 1869, when he was elected judge of the
5th circuit, which he resigned Dec. 31, 1872. In 1871 he was one of
two commissioners to examine the compilation of the laws, made that
year. In 1873 he was one of eighteen commissioners to revise the
state constitution. In 1876 he declined the position of commissioner
of Indian affairs. He was first a Whig, a Republican from 1854. He
practiced his profession until his death at Coldwater, Sept. 5, 1885.


Representative in 1867 from Jackson county, was born at Fishkill, N.
Y., Aug. 12, 1818, and came with his father's family in 1835 to Jack-
son county, Michigan. Bred a farmer, he became a clerk, was a
merchant at Parma, also a farmer. He was eight years clerk of Jack-
son county. Removed to Muskegon in 1S68, and purchased a fruit
farm on Lake Harbor, where his family resides. He is one the firm
of Upton & Webb, dealers in real estate. Has held the offices of
supervisor, town clerk and treasurer.


Representative from Clinton county in 1847, was born in Victor, N.
Y., and was educated at the Lima seminary. He was a surveyor
employed on railroads and canals. He located a farm in Victor.
Mich., studied law, was admitted in 1845. and practiced first at De
Witt, then at Lansing from 1847 to 1852. Then removed to Califor-
nia, was in practice twelve years, was a member of the California
legislature in 1856, and district attorney of Sacramento county in 1S61
to 1863. Removed to Portland, Oregon, in 1861, practiced law until
1868, was then appointed a judge of the supreme court to fill vacancy,
and was elected to that position for six years in 1872. From 1872 to
1874 was chief justice. In 1877 he was appointed second comptroller
of the treasury department, a position he held for many years.



Representative from Newaygo county in lc65, was born iu Richmond,
N. Y., Nov. 6, 1827. He came with his parents to Michigan in 1828,
was educated in the common schools, learned a trade at Lansing, and
settled in Newaygo county in 18o0. lie was county clerk 1859 to
1863; delegate in the constitutional convention of 1867; justice nearly
all the time since 1852: and school inspector except one year since
1863. Built the first bridge across the Muskegon river, at Croton, in
1S50; put up the first mail ever sent from the county: and claims to
have married more couples than any other magistrate in northern
Michigan. Has been for 23 years town clerk of Big Prairie, also town
treasurer. A Whig until ISo-i, a Republican until 1876. now a Green-


Representative from Monroe county in 1S77, was born at Dover East,
Ontario. March 28, 1822. He attended school in Detroit from 1833 to
1S37, then at Dundas. Ontario, until 1844. He then taught a trench
school at various places in the province until 1848. when he com-
menced to read medicine with the late Dr. Pitcher. In 1850-1 he
attended medical lectures at Trinity college. Toronto, also at Ann
Arbor in 1852. from which place he removed to Vienna, Monroe
county, where he has since resided, and has established for himself a
respectable medical reputation.


Representative from Branch county in 1873-4-5, was born in Clark-
ston, N. Y. , Sept. 8, 1828. In 1835 he removed to Michigan and set-
tled in Lenawee county, near Adrian. In 1838 he removed to Girard.
Branch county, where he still resides. He received a common school
education. He has been supervisor of his township for four years.
By occupation a farmer.


Representative from Shiawassee county in 1S83, was born at Fort
Edward, N. Y., Aug. 27. 1826, and in 1832 removed with his parents
to Ovid, N. Y. He was seven years clerk in a store, three years
superintendent of the poor in Seneca county, and door keeper of the
New York senate in 1S63-4. For four years was deputy provost mar-
7 - S


shal, also a deputy collector. Removed to Owosso. Mich., in 1S69.
Has beeu engaged in the lumber business, and been a justice and
deputy sheriff. Elected on the fusion ticket, but in politics a Green-


Representative from Hillsdale county in 1847. was born in Catskill.
N. Y., November 26. 1S03. By occupation a farmer and druggist,
politically a Democrat. He settled in Moscow, Hillsdale county, in
1834, and in 1835 was the first supervisor of that town. He was also
supervisor in 1841. 1845 and 1840. He died at Hillsdale, March 10.
1852. He took an active part in the politics of the day.


A member of the constitutional convention of 1835, and a Represent-
ative from Wayne county in 1835-6, was born near Hamilton.
Canada, January 3. 1795, coming with his parents to Michigan when
an infant. He served as a private in the war of 1812-15, and was
advanced to the position of quartermaster of a regiment for faithful
and meritorious services After the close of the war he was com-
missioned by the governor as colonel of militia. He resided in Ham-
tramck on a farm of 400 acres bordering the river, on a portion of
which the present Detroit water-works are located. He held at
various times the offices of supervisor and justice of the peace.
Besides being a farmer he was a miller and general business man.and
in 1837 removed to Franklin. Oakland county, where he engaged in
farming, milling and general merchandise, besides operating a dis-
tillery and ashery, giving employment to a large number of men.
continuing in active business until near the close of his life, Decem-
ber 22, 1859. He was democratic in politics up to 1837, and there-
after Whig and Republican.


Representative from Washtenaw county in 1844, was born in Man-
chester, N. Y.. March 13, 1S15, and died August 20, 1884. He live i
at home until the age of thirteen, and became an apprentice to a
cabinet maker. In 1830 he married Catharine Jackson, and became
interested with her father in mercantile business, lie settled as a
merchant at Saline, Mich., in 1838, which he continued until 1853.
when he removed to Detroit, was a merchant there until 1855, when


he retired. He was a director in the Detroit locomotive works, also
in the Michigan insurance company bank, and was president of the
Detroit fire and marine insurance company from 'its organization
until his death. Under his management the company prospered.
His second wife was Emily C. Burr, whom he married in 1S0G. He
was long a trustee of Madison university. N. Y., was greatly inter-
ested in Kalamazoo college, and was a member of the Baptist church
from the age of fourteen. He left a large fortune to his wife and
six children.


Was born September 20, 1840, at Exeter, Michigan. He enlisted as a
private in the 17th Michigan infantry in June. 1863. He was severely
wounded at the battle of Antietam, from which wound he still suf-
fers. He graduated from the law department, Michigan University,
in 1870. Removed from Monroe county and settled in Midland
county in 1870, aud began the practice of law at Midland City, moved
to Bay City in 1S84, where he is engaged in the practice of his pro-
fession. Has held various offices under the village government; also
the office of prosecuting attorney of Midland county for six years.
He has always been a Republican, was a member of the House of
Representatives of 1S83-4, and was commissioner of emigration under
Gov. Alger.


Representative from Ottawa county in 1881-2-3, was born in the
Netherlands, August 7, 1838. He settled in Ottawa county with his
parents in 18-19. Attended the agricultural college in 1858-9, also
Albion college before and after that time. Taught school in 1860-1,
enlisted in 1862 in the 21st Michigan infantry, and served through the
war, rising to the rank of first lieutenant, and was twice wounded.
After the war was a student at Albion college for eighteen months.
Has been six years register of deeds for Ottawa county; four years
superintendent of schools; supervisor and chairman of board two
years. In politics a Republican.


Representative from Branch county in 1887, was born in Covert^
New York, December 19, 1S29. He remained at home until he was
twenty-one, attending school. He came to Michigan in 1832. Lie
worked by the month one year in Lenawee count v, when lie removed


to Branch county and purchased wild land in Coldwater township.
In 1864 he sold his farm and purchased one in the township of Butler.
where he has since resided. Mr. Van Orthwick has held the offices
of constable, highway commissioner, township superintendent of
schools, coroner, and supervisor ten terms. He was elected Repre-
sentative on the republican ticket lor 1887-8 by a vote of 3,5L'.j to
2,760 for Oliver C. Campbell, and 571 for Benjamin Culver, Prohi-


Attorney General of Michigan from 1881 to 1885, was born at Haver-
straw, N. Y., March 8, 1838. He received an academical education,
removed to Cass county, Mich., in 1837, but for many years has
resided at Buchanan. Attended the law department of the Univer-
sity, and was admitted to the bar in 1862. Held the offices of deputy-
collector and assistant assessor of internal revenue. He was the
youngest delegate in the constitutional convention of 1867. Was
prosecuting attorney of Berrien countv four years, and by appoint-
ment of Gov. Croswell regent of the University from March, 1SS0,
to Dec. 31, 1885. In politics a Republican.


Representative from Ottawa county in 1875-7, was born in the
Netherlands in 1843. He removed with his parents to Holland, Michi-
gan in 1847, where he has since resided. In 1862 enlisted in the 25th
Michigan infantry, and served two years. In one of the.engagements
before Atlanta, Georgia, he lost Ins right arm, and received a bullet
which, passing through his cheek, came out just below the eye. He
is a graduate of Hope college, and by occupation a merchant. In
politics a Republican.


Was burn in Kent, N. Y., November 22. 1814. He received a com-
mon school education, and was a teacher several winters. In 1S39
he came to Michigan and bought a farm in De Witt, Clinton county.
In 1854 he sold his farm and removed to Essex, Clinton county, where
he now resides on a farm of 1,200 acres. He owns several other
farms, in all about 2,000 acres, a large number of village lots in Maple
Rapids, and a large brick block, and carries on a banking business.
He has held many town offices, including supervisor, treasurer and


justice; has bsen president of the village of Maple Rapids, recruiting
officer during the rebellion, a'ld was a Representative from 1871 to


Was born in Romulus, N. Y.. July 28, 1818. He was brought up on
a farm, received a common school education, married Mary Ann
Cooley in 1841. and in 1844 settled on a farm in G;iines, Michigan.
He endured great hardship as a pioneer, but eventually his eighty
acre farm was increased lo 820 acres, with fine farm buildings. He
was school inspector twelve years: justice sixteen years: supervisor
eighteen years, holding the latter olfice from 1847 to 1868, when he
left it to accept that of county treasurer, and was also deputy treas-
urer three years. He was a Representative in 1805 and 1867. In
1800 he removed to Flint, where he has served as alderman, and been:
engaged in real estate and insurance business. He was a Democrat
until 1854, since a Republican.


Was born in Osceola. Pa., July 20, 1814. He received his education
n that state, and graduated at Alfred university, Alleghany county,
N. Y., in 1803. He taught school in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and
became a resident of the latter state in 1863. He enlisted as a private
in battery E, 1st Ohio field artillery, and went into service. He
served until the close of the war. refusing a commission as captain in
thp 32d Ohio infantry. He then removed to Charlotte. Mich., and
graduated from the law department of the University in 1867. He
was four years prosecuting attorney of Eaton county, and served as
judge of probate until 1875. when he was elected circuit judge for
Eaton and Calhoun counties, which he resigned in 1878. He served
several years as United States district attorney to Utah, then returned
to Charlotte and resumed practice. He was chairman of the state
Republican committee from 1^84 to 1886.


Representative from Wayne county (Van Buren township), in 18-13,
was a native of the state of New York, and came to Michigan in 1832.
He was a farmer by occupation, a Democrat in politics, and repre-
sented his township for a number of yearsonthe board of supervisors.
Died March 29, 1880.



Representative from Saginaw county in 1879, was born in Wes-.d,
Prussia, April 2. 1813. He received an academical education, and
graduated from the University of Bonn as professor of mathematics
and physical sciences in 1839. In 1849 he emigrated to the United
States, and came to Michigan in 1849. In 18.j0 he removed to Blum-
field, Saginaw county. He was appointed commissioner of immigra-
tion by Gov. Wisner during the seasons of 1S09 GO. In I860 he was
elected register of deeds for Saginaw county. In 1870 he was elected
county treasurer, which office he held for six consecutive years. In
politics a Republican.


Representative from the second district of Marquette, was born in
Devonshire, England, January 31, 1836. He is by occupation an
engineer, is a Republican, has been a resident of the state fifteen
years, was supervisor of the second ward of Ishpeming in 1SS5 and
1886. He was elected to the house of 1887-8 by a vote of l,32(fcto 1,157
for Patrick J. McGinty.


Representative from Kalamazoo county in 1838-43-4-5-8, was born in
the state of New York, removed to Ohio at the age of sixteen, taught
school in that state several terms, then became a teacher at Monroe.
Mich. He removed to Prairie Ronde in 1829, was the first county
clerk and treasurer of Kalamazoo county 1834-6, and was register of
deeds 1836-8. A prominent Whig, and once the candidate of that
party for governor. He was a practical surveyor and laid out the
village of Schoolcraft, where he died Dec. 12, 1857. A man of remark-
able memory, strong in his convictions, and positive in character.


Was born in Hawksbury. Upper Canada, July 27, 1804. When young
his parents removed to the state of New York. At the age of eleven
he went to live with an uncle at Shelburn, Vt., and remained there
until he became of age. lie came to Detroit in 1828, and was
engaged for fifteen years in surveying government lands in Michigan.
Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. After 1832 his home was in
Jackson county. lie located land in Concord in 1833. He was several
terms supervisor of Spring Arbor. He was Representative in 1S43-4,


and Senator in 1S43-6. In later year* he followed farming. In
politics a Democrat. He died at Spring Arbor, July 18, 1886.


Representative from St. Clair county in 1883, was born in Lower
Canada, October 31, 1825, and removed with his parents to Clyde,
Michigan, in 1836, and has resided in that town since that time. He
received a common school education, and is by occupation a farmer.
Has held the office of county treasurer for four years, and has
served twenty-two terms as supervisor of the town. Has always
been a Republican.


Representative from Grand Traverse and Manitou couuties in 1S83,
was born in Hampshire county, Massachusetts, September 16, 1828.
At the age of ten years he was placed at work on a farm, and
remained to the age of fourteen, when he was apprenticed to learn
the tanning business at Newark, Ohio. He remained there unt
1852, removed to Steuben county, Indiana, continuing in the same
occupation untd 1870, when he removed to Williamsburg, Grand
Traverse county, and engaged in mercantile business. He has been
a Republican since 18G0.


Representative from Clinton county in 188"), was born in Ovid, Mich-
igan, October 22, 1853. He received a common school education.
Has been secretary of the Ovid union agricultural society for eight
years in succession. He has always been a farmer by occupation.
He was elected as a Democrat on the fusion ticket. Has been a


Was born in Belvidere, N. Y., February 5, 1809, and died December
24, 18-78. He came to Orion, Michigan, in 1836. By occupation a
farmer; in politics a Democrat. He resided in Orion thirty-four
years and held the positions of supervisor, school director, justice
and in 1851 was a Representative. In 1870 he was elected county
treasurer, removed to Pontiac, and served two years in that office.
He was a member of the common council of Pontile at the time of
his death.



Representative from Oakland county in 1835-6-48, was born in
Somerset, N. Y.. in 1799. He removed to Pontiac. Michigan, in 1824.
He was supervisor of Pontiac in 1833-4, and held other town offices,
and was a member of the constitutional convention of 1835. He
removed to Lapeer in 1866, where he died August 2, 1886. In politics
a Democrat.


Was born in Fayette, N. Y., January 7, 1815. He came to Michigan
in 1836, and for three years lived near Ypsilanti. In 1839 he settled
on a farm in White Lake. Oakland county, where he resided until
his death, February 3, 1SS2. In politics a Republican. He was
supervisor in 1843. and held that office seven times, the last in 1S7G.
Was town clerk in 1851. He was a Representative in 1863-4. He
was an elder in the First Presbyterian church of White Lake, of
which he became a member in 1840.


Was born in Westbury. England. November 10, 1813. He came to
this country with his parents in 1820, who settled in Onondaga
county. N. Y. He came to Michigan in 1S35, and resided in Inde-
pendence, Oakland county, until 1840, then at Milford until 1855,
from that time living in the town of Lyon until his death, Nov. 4,
1878. In politics a Republican. He was a Representative in 1S69-70.


Representative from Wayne county in 1S87, was born in Orleans
county, New York, August 5, 1840. Has been a resident of Michigan
thirty years. By occupation, formerly a fanner, at present a mer-
chant. He lias held the following offices: township clerk, treasurer
and supervisor, and superintendent of the poor of Wayne county
three years. He was elected Representative on the democratic ticket
by a vote of 1.741 to 1,703 for George W. Coomer. Republican, and
158 for Richard Bird, Prohibitionist.


Representative from Hillsdale county in 1857, was born in the state

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