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Gabriel Richard

 
 
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By Jac Getzinger, September 28, 2020
1. Gabriel Richard Marker
Inscription.  Father Gabriel Jacques Richard, S. S., (1767-1832) -- pastor, educator and public servant -- arrived in Detroit in 1798. In 1802 he became the pastor of Ste. Anne Church. He brought a printing press to the area and in 1809 printed Michigan's first newspaper, The Michigan Essay or Impartial Observer. In 1817 Richard and the Reverend John Monteith, a Presbyterian, became the first professors of the University of Michigania, the territory's pioneer educational establishment. Richard also established schools for girls and Indian children. From 1823 to 1825 Richard was Michigan Territory's delegate to the United States Congress. As a delegate, he was instrumental in gaining support for the Territorial Road, which linked Detroit and Chicago, opening Michigan to settlement. He died of cholera on September 13, 1832.
 
Erected 1985 by State of Michigan. (Marker Number S0464.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & Religion
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By Jac Getzinger, September 28, 2020
2. Gabriel Richard Marker
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CommunicationsEducationSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1880.
 
Location. 42° 19.259′ N, 83° 4.609′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on Sainte Anne Street near Howard Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Sainte Anne St, Detroit MI 48216, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ste. Anne Church (here, next to this marker); Montreal Point in 1782 (approx. 0.8 miles away in Canada); 1748 (approx. 1.4 kilometers away in Canada); Jesuit Mission to the Hurons (approx. 1.4 kilometers away in Canada); Detroit Copper & Brass (approx. 1.6 kilometers away); Martin Kundig (approx. 1.8 kilometers away); Fort Street Presbyterian Church (approx. 2 kilometers away); The Detroit Free Press (approx. 2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry for Gabriel Richard. (Submitted on January 2, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
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By Al Barrera
3. Sainte Anne de Detroit Church
Portrait of Father Gabriel Richard image. Click for full size.
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4. Portrait of Father Gabriel Richard
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2008, by Al Barrera of Brownstown, Michigan. This page has been viewed 1,356 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 28, 2020, by Jac Getzinger of Rochester, Michigan.   3. submitted on December 31, 2008, by Al Barrera of Brownstown, Michigan.   4. submitted on September 28, 2020, by Jac Getzinger of Rochester, Michigan. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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