Near Charlotte in Eaton County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Luren D. Dickinson / The “Country Capitol”
Luren D. Dickinson
Michigan's thirty-seventh governor, Luren D. Dickinson (1859-1943), prided himself on being a frugal farmer. As a young man he taught school and served as principal of Potterville High School before becoming superintendent at age 21. He later served as assessor, township clerk, township supervisor, state representative, state senator, and seven terms as lieutenant governor. In 1939 he became governor, at age 79, upon the death of Governor Frank Fitzgerald. In 1940 he appointed the state's first woman lieutenant governor, Matilda Dodge Wilson. A devoutly religious man, Dickinson claimed he had "a pipeline to God," ardently opposed liquor, and waged war on "sin and high life practices." He lost his election bid in 1940.
The "Country Capitol"
This modest farmhouse played an important role in Michigan politics in 1939 and 1940. Luren D. Dickinson, the state's thirty-seventh governor, lived here with his wife, Zora, from 1911 to 1943. As Frank Fitzgerald's lieutenant governor, Dickinson became governor upon Fitzgerald's death in 1939. Breaking with tradition, Dickinson took the oath of office here rather than in the capitol so that Zora, an invalid, could be present. Shortly after taking office, Dickinson proved his vigor to citizens by spending his eightieth birthday working on
Erected 2007 by Michigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number S691.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 42° 32.841′ N, 84° 47.854′ W. Marker is near Charlotte, Michigan, in Eaton County. Marker is on Brookfield Road 0.4 miles south of East Clinton Trail (State Highway 50), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1375 Brookfield Road, Charlotte MI 48813, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Center Eaton United Methodist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); 1845 Eaton County Courthouse (approx. 1.9 miles away); History of the Bennett Park Dam (approx. 2 miles away); Lawrence Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 2.2 miles away); Eaton County / Eaton County Courthouse Square (approx. 2.3 miles away); First Congregational Church of Charlotte Joseph & Mary Hall House (approx. 2˝ miles away); The Potterville United Methodist Church (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlotte.
Also see . . .
1. Luren Dickinson. Biography on Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 7, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Governor Luren Dudley Dickinson. Short biography on the National Governors Association website. (Submitted on November 7, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Categories. • Notable Buildings • Politics •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 7, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 33 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 7, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.