Kalamazoo in Kalamazoo County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The only resident of Kalamazoo to be elected governor of Michigan during its first 150 years, Epaphroditus Ransom lived and farmed on this site. Born in Massachusetts in 1796, Ransom came to Michigan in 1834. An attorney, he soon became the area’s first circuit court judge, riding horseback through the wilderness to hear cases. In 1836 he was appointed associate justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, and in 1843 he became the court’s chief justice. A declaration he issued in 1840 prevented the removal of the Catholic Potawatomi from their southwestern Michigan lands. In 1848 Ransom was the first governor to be inaugurated in Lansing, which had just become the state capital.
During Epaphroditus Ransom’s gubernatorial term (1848-1850), the Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital was established. Following his term as governor, Ransom became the first president of the Michigan Agricultural Society, which was instrumental in the creation of both the Michigan State Fair and Michigan State University. He was also a regent of the University of Michigan (1850-1852), a founder of the village of Augusta and a state representative (1853-1854). In 1857 President James Buchanan appointed Ransom receiver of the Kansas Osage Land Office in Fort Scott, Kansas. He died in Kansas in 1859. His
Erected 1987 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number S569.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 42° 17.241′ N, 85° 34.974′ W. Marker is in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in Kalamazoo County. Marker is on S. Burdick Street near W. Cedar Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kalamazoo MI 49007, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kalamazoo Gazette (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln's August 1856 Speech in Kalamazoo (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Women's Club in Michigan (approx. ¼ mile away); Spanish War Veterans Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); In Memoriam U.S.S Maine (approx. ¼ mile away); Lincoln at Kalamazoo (approx. ¼ mile away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kalamazoo.
Also see . . . Epaphroditus Ransom: Michigan Governor. From the Kalamazoo Public Library. (Submitted on June 18, 2014.)
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