Adrian in Lenawee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
William Greenly was born in New York and came to Adrian in 1836. He became a lawyer and in 1838 was elected a state senator on the Democratic ticket. In 1846 Greenly was elected lieutenant governor. When Governor Alpheus Felch resigned a year later to serve in the U.S. Senate, Greenly served out Felch's term as the sixth governor of Michigan. During his tenure from 1847-1848, the state decided to make the new town of Lansing the state's capital. After serving as governor, Greenly returned to Adrian to practice law, serve as a justice of the peace, and the city's mayor in 1858-1859.
The most successful politician in Adrian's history was Charles Croswell. Orphaned at an early age, Croswell came to Adrian with his uncle in 1837. In 1846 he began studying law while also showing an aptitude for politics and business. in 1854 he was a delegate to the convention in Jackson, which formed the Republican Party. A year later he began practicing law in Adrian with Thomas Cooley (future Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court). By 1864 Croswell was elected to the Michigan State Senate. His proudest moment came in 1865 when he began pushing
In 1876 Croswell was elected the seventeenth Governor of Michigan and served two terms until 1881. While Croswell was governor, he worked to make state government as honest, efficient, and inexpensive as possible, as he continued to show compassion for the less fortunate. Croswell worked to create special institutions such as orphanages, a state school for the blind, and a state reform school for girls. After his second term as governor, Croswell returned to Adrian, assumed control of the opera house that would later bear his name, and also served as president of the Lenawee County Savings Bank until his death in 1886.
Dedicated to our community with pride in our Adrian heritage. From the "A-Team" (Employees of Adrian Steel Company).
Location. 41° 53.909′ N, 84° 2.105′ W. Marker is in Adrian, Michigan, in Lenawee County. Marker is on East Maumee Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in front of the Adrian City Hall, about 325 feet west of North Broad Street (State Highway 52). Marker is at or near this postal address: 135 East Maumee Street, Adrian MI 49221, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Professional Baseball in Adrian (about 500 Adrian Fire Department / Adrian Engine House No. 1 (about 600 feet away); Frank Navin & The Detroit Tigers (about 600 feet away); Cooley Law Office (about 700 feet away); Laura Smith Haviland (about 700 feet away); Adrian's Prominent Leaders (about 700 feet away); Laura Haviland (about 700 feet away); The Antislavery - Underground Railroad Movement (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Adrian.
Also see . . .
1. William L. Greenly. Wikipedia article about William Greenly. (Submitted on June 15, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Charles Croswell. Wikipedia article about Charles Croswell. (Submitted on June 15, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
3. Croswell Opera House. Wikipedia article about The Croswell Opera House. (Submitted on June 15, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
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