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Vine in Kalamazoo in Kalamazoo County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Epaphroditus Ransom

 
 
Epaphroditus Ransom Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, February 1, 2022
1. Epaphroditus Ransom Marker
Inscription.  The only resident of Kalamazoo to be elected governor of Michigan during its first 150 years, Epaphroditus Ransom lived and farmed on this site. Born in Massachusetts in 1796, Ransom came to Michigan in 1834. An attorney, he soon became the area’s first circuit court judge, riding horseback through the wilderness to hear cases. In 1836 he was appointed associate justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, and in 1843 he became the court’s chief justice. A declaration he issued in 1840 prevented the removal of the Catholic Potawatomi from their southwestern Michigan lands. In 1848 Ransom was the first governor to be inaugurated in Lansing, which had just become the state capital.

During Epaphroditus Ransom’s gubernatorial term (1848-1850), the Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital was established. Following his term as governor, Ransom became the first president of the Michigan Agricultural Society, which was instrumental in the creation of both the Michigan State Fair and Michigan State University. He was also a regent of the University of Michigan (1850-1852), a founder of the village of Augusta and a state representative (1853-1854).
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In 1857 President James Buchanan appointed Ransom receiver of the Kansas Osage Land Office in Fort Scott, Kansas. He died in Kansas in 1859. His body was returned to Kalamazoo, where it was interred in Mountain Home Cemetery.
 
Erected 1987 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number S569.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureCemeteries & Burial SitesEducationSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #15 James Buchanan, and the Michigan Historical Commission series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1796.
 
Location. 42° 17.241′ N, 85° 34.974′ W. Marker is in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in Kalamazoo County. It is in Vine. Marker is on South Burdick Street near W. Cedar Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 S Burdick St, Kalamazoo MI 49007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kalamazoo Gazette (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Heart of a New Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S. Ten Inch Columbiad (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kalamazoo River (approx. 0.2 miles away); David S. Walbridge (approx.
Epaphroditus Ransom Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
2. Epaphroditus Ransom Marker
0.2 miles away); Presented To The City Of Kalamazoo (approx. ¼ mile away); Lincoln's August 1856 Speech in Kalamazoo (approx. ¼ mile away); This Liberty Pole (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalamazoo.
 
Also see . . .
1. Epaphroditus Ransom: Michigan Governor. From the Kalamazoo Public Library. (Submitted on June 18, 2014.) 

2. Epaphroditus Ransom. Excerpt:
n 1848, Ransom resigned from the court after being elected governor, and was the first governor to be inaugurated in Lansing, Michigan, after the state capitol moved there from Detroit. During his term as governor, the first telegraph line from New York City to Detroit was completed and the first message sent on March 1.
(Submitted on October 20, 2022, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan.) 
 
Epaphroditus Ransom Marker Reverse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, February 1, 2022
3. Epaphroditus Ransom Marker Reverse
Epaphroditus Ransom Marker Reverse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
4. Epaphroditus Ransom Marker Reverse
Epaphroditus Ransom Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
5. Epaphroditus Ransom Marker
View to north along S. Burdick Street
Epaphroditus Ransom Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
6. Epaphroditus Ransom Marker
This view of is at the southeast corner of the intersection of South Burdick Street and West Cedar Street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 18, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 589 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 20, 2022, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan.   2. submitted on June 18, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   3. submitted on October 20, 2022, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan.   4, 5, 6. submitted on June 18, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

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