Munising in Alger County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Russell A. Alger
Brevet Major General U.S.V.
Governor of Michigan
Secretary of War
United States Senator
this county is named
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Civil.
Location. 46° 24.523′ N, 86° 39.423′ W. Marker is in Munising, Michigan, in Alger County. Memorial is at the intersection of Elm Avenue and East Chocolay Street, on the right when traveling north on Elm Avenue. Marker and monument with Russell Alger bust sculpture are located on the grounds of the William G. Mather Elementary School, near the northwest corner of the building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 411 Elm Avenue, Munising MI 49862, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shipwrecks of the Alger Underwater Preserve (approx. 0.3 miles away); Munising Public Dock (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Grand Island Nishnaabe (approx. 7.9 miles away); Face in the RockLake Superior (approx. 7.9 miles away).
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1. Russell A. Alger. Russell Alexander Alger was the 20th Governor and U.S. Senator from the state of Michigan and also U.S. Secretary of War during the Presidential administration of William McKinley. He enlisted as a private soldier in the American Civil War in 1861. He was commissioned and served as a captain and major in the 2nd Michigan Cavalry Regiment. His command was the first to enter Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on June 28, and he was specially mentioned in the report of General George Armstrong Custer on cavalry operations there. Alger was considered a military strategist and stood with President Lincoln on the battlefield surveying the Union supplies. In three years, Alger served in 66 different battles and skirmishes. President Andrew Johnson nominated Alger for the award of the grade of brevet major general of volunteers. (Submitted on April 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Russell A. Alger. Alger took an active part in Republican politics and was elected Governor of Michigan in 1884. He served only one term, 1885-1886, and declined the nomination for a second term. Working behind the scenes, he played an instrumental part in the election of President McKinley. The President (Submitted on April 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 355 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 4. submitted on November 20, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.