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Green Oak Township in Livingston County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Kinsley S. Bingham

 
 
Kinsley S. Bingham Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 27, 2017
1. Kinsley S. Bingham Marker
Inscription. Twenty-five year old Kinsley Bingham left his New York home in 1833 saying: "Give me $500 and let me go to Michigan and I'll be governor in two years." He settled here, constructing this handsome Greek Revival house in 1842. Bingham's boast was not exaggerated, since he was elected to the legislature in 1836, serving five terms, and was U.S. Congressman from 1847 to 1851. Adamantly opposed to slavery, he broke from the Democratic Party of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. The Republican Party chose Bingham as its candidate for governor in Jackson's famous "Under the Oaks" convention of 1854. Six months later he took office as the nation's first Republican governor, and in 1856 he was reelected. Chosen U.S. Senator in 1859, Bingham died here on October 5, 1861.
 
Erected 1973 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number S406.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 29.861′ N, 83° 41.021′ W. Marker is in Green Oak Township, Michigan, in Livingston County. Marker is on Silver Lake Road 0.3 miles east of Kensington Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13270 Silver Lake Road, Brighton MI 48116, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Kinsley S. Bingham Marker and House image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 27, 2017
2. Kinsley S. Bingham Marker and House
At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spanish-American War Regiments (approx. 2.8 miles away); St. Patrick Church / St. Patrick Calvary Cemetery (approx. 5.1 miles away); Daniel Marsh (approx. 5.4 miles away); Orson Quackenbush (approx. 5.4 miles away); John McKinney (approx. 5 miles away); Brighton Hook and Ladder Co. (approx. 5 miles away); Alice Jolly (approx. 5 miles away); Old Town Hall (approx. 5 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 73 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 27, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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