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Austin Blair

 
 
Austin Blair Marker Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Dave Wilcox, April 7, 2012
1. Austin Blair Marker Side 2
Inscription.  Austin Blair began his political career in Eaton Rapids, where he was elected Eaton County clerk in 1842. As a member of the Michigan House of Representatives (1846-1849), he served in the Judiciary Committee and was a leading supporter or the 1846 law to abolish capital punishment. He also introduced legislation to enfranchise black citizens. He was elected Jackson County prosecutor in 1852 and served in the state senate from 1855 to 1856. Elected governor in 1860 and in 1862, Blair personally raised about $100,000 to organize and equip the 1st Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which was the first western force to respond to Lincoln's call for troops. During the close of his active political life, Blair was a United States congressman (1867-1873) and a University of Michigan regent (1882-1890). He died in Jackson in 1894.

Civil War governor Austin Blair (1818-1894) came to Jackson, Michigan, from New York in 1841. In 1842 he moved his law practice to Eaton Rapids. At that time the area was made up mostly of farmers, and Blair was paid for his legal services with produce and firewood. He lived in a frame house that once stood near this

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site. In 1843, while a resident of this town, he was elected Eaton County clerk. Poverty and the deaths of his infant daughter and his wife led him to resign as county clerk in 1844 and return to Jackson.
 
Erected 1984 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number S0559.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1842.
 
Location. 42° 14.557′ N, 84° 24.549′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Michigan, in Jackson County. Marker is on Greenwood Street south of West Mason Street, on the right when traveling south. Located in Greenwood Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 606 Greenwood Pl, Jackson MI 49201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Mary Star of the Sea Church (approx. ¼ mile away); First Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Horace Ismon / Ismon Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Under the Oaks (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jacksonburg Public Square
Austin Blair Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dave Wilcox, April 7, 2012
3. Austin Blair Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); First Congregational Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
 
More about this marker. This marker, S05589, is the same as marker S0558 in Eaton Rapids.
 
Regarding Austin Blair. Buried in Mt Evergreen Cemetery, approximately 1500 ft southwest on Greenwood St.
 
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Governor Austin Blair Park image. Click for full size.
By Dave Wilcox, April 7, 2012
4. Governor Austin Blair Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2012, by Dave Wilcox of Grass Lake, Michigan. This page has been viewed 516 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 10, 2012, by Dave Wilcox of Grass Lake, Michigan. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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