Marshall in Calhoun County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Isaac E. Crary and John D. Pierce / State School System
When attorney Isaac E. Crary came to Marshall in 1832 from Connecticut, he became fast friends with another transplanted easterner, the Reverend John D. Pierce. Interested in government and education, these two men in 1834-35 planned Michigan's public school system. The proposed system became law in 1835 when Crary headed the education committee of the state's inaugural constitutional convention. The following year Pierce was appointed state superintendent of education -- the first such position in America. Crary, who later was a state legislator and the first United States Representative from Michigan, and Pierce continued to battle for educational plans including free schools. Dying in 1854 and 1882 respectively, Crary and Pierce were buried in Oakridge Cemetery, Marshall.
In 1834-35 Isaac E. Crary (1804-1854) and John D. Pierce (1793-1882) planned Michigan's public school system which influenced educational policy throughout America. Their most important contribution was the establishment of a separate department of education run by a superintendent -- an innovative effort to introduce uniform schooling in Michigan. Crary and Pierce specified that certain land revenues go to the state, not the townships, for education. They also designated Michigan's general college fund for
Erected 1978 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number 503.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 42° 16.256′ N, 84° 57.508′ W. Marker is in Marshall, Michigan, in Calhoun County. Marker is on East Green Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marshall MI 49068, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. American Museum of Magic (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Howard F. Young / Postmasters (about 400 feet away); Charles T. Gorham (about 500 feet away); James A. Miner (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grand Army of the Republic / The G.A.R. Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church Isaac E. Crary House (approx. 0.3 miles away); John D. Pierce Homesite (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marshall.
Also see . . . Isaac E. Crary - Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. (Submitted on March 11, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 9, 2010. This page has been viewed 1,379 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 9, 2010. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.