1883 : Former Michigan Gov. William Greenly Dies, Signed Legislation to Move Capitol to Lansing

November 29, 2020 all-day

On Nov. 29, 1883, former Michigan Gov. William Greenly, the state’s sixth governor, died in his hometown of Adrian at age 70.

Greenly served as lieutenant governor until Mar. 4, 1847, when Gov. Alpheus Felch left office to become U.S. Senator. In his 10 months in office, Greenly signed legislation that moved the state capitol from Detroit to Lansing.

He was mayor of Adrian in 1858 and was justice of the peace 12 years. He took part in the dedication of the new capitol in Lansing in 1879. He was described as a “scholarly, cultivated and genial man.”

Source: Early History With Biographies Of State Officers  Also available online via the HathiTrust.

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