Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Politics and Processions on Courthouse Square
The Ann Arbor Guard and the Ypsilanti Light Guard formed a procession to honor former President Grover Cleveland before he delivered the annual Washington's Birthday Address at University Hall, February 22, 1892.
This speech marked the launch of his successful national campaign for an unprecedented non-consecutive second term. Cleveland and his wife received visitors in the courthouse that evening.
In October 1900, Democratic Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan visited Ann Arbor and came to the courthouse to deliver a campaign speech. As soon as Bryan was introduced, a group of several hundred university students began taunting and heckling the famous orator.
He appealed to the students to let him speak: "I shall be glad to talk to you if you are willing to listen. I can't talk unless you will."
Eventually, Bryan (circled, holding umbrella) gave up trying to quiet the verbal barrage from the raucous crowd, and the speech was cancelled.
Erected by Ann Arbor Historical Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics
Location. 42° 16.9′ N, 83° 44.901′ W. Marker is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street and East Huron Street, on the right when traveling north on North Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 East Huron Street, Ann Arbor MI 48104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Courthouse Square: A Center of Civic Life (here, next to this marker); Departing Heroes and the Home Front (here, next to this marker); Architecture & Business on Courthouse Square (a few steps from this marker); Hospitality on Courthouse Square (a few steps from this marker); Michigan Becomes a State (a few steps from this marker); Building New Around Old: The Construction of the Present Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Centers for Communications on Courthouse Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Ann Arbor's New "Streamlined" Bus Depot (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ann Arbor.
Also see . . . Grover Cleveland: His Speech at University Hall, Feb. 22d. Text of Grover Cleveland's speech as printed in the Ann Arbor Courier (on the Ann Arbor District Library's website). (Submitted on February 8, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 8, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 8, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.