Constantine in Saint Joseph County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
John Stewart Barry
John Stewart Barry
Governor of Michigan, 1843-46; 1850-52
He was born January 29, 1802, in Amherst, New Hampshire; came to White Pigeon in 1831; to Constantine in 1834; kept a general store and engaged in St. Joseph River transportation business; served in the Territorial Legislature; was a member of the convention which prepared the constitution upon which Michigan was admitted into the Union; a distinguished member of the State Legislature; twice presidential elector.
During his administrations, general progress was made throughout the state. Educational, canal, highway, and railway projects were begun and promoted; the University of Michigan was liberally assisted; Michigan State Normal College was established; efficiency of common schools was improved; Michigan Central and Michigan Southern railroads were constructed; a new State Constitution was adopted.
As delegate to the 1864 Democratic National Convention, Governor Barry performed his last public service. He continued his business at Constantine until his death January 14, 1870.
Erected 1947 by Michigan Historical Commission.
Location. 41° 50.75′ N, 85° 40.314′ Click for map. Marker is located in front of the Governor John S. Barry Home Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 280 N. Washington St, Constantine MI 49042, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gov. John S. Barry (approx. 0.3 miles away); William Meek (approx. 0.3 miles away); Constantine United Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Constantine Civil War Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Constantine Tribute to Veterans of All Wars (approx. 0.9 miles away); In Memory of Wahbememe (approx. 3.4 miles away); Chief Wahbememe Burial Site (approx. 3.4 miles away); White Pigeon Fallen Soldiers Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Constantine.
Also see . . . Governor John S. Barry - A Yankee Governor in a Georgia Court. A comprehensive biography from The Courier Herald newspaper in Dublin, Georgia. (Submitted on April 15, 2014.)
1. Governor John S. Barry House
The Governor John S. Barry House has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1972.
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