Kinsley S. Bingham

Kinsley S. Bingham (HM214O)

Location: Brighton, MI 48116 Livingston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 29.861', W 83° 41.021'

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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.
HM NumberHM214O
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Year Placed1973
Placed ByMichigan History Division, Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, August 27th, 2017 at 10:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 279476 N 4708526
Decimal Degrees42.49768333, -83.68368333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 29.861', W 83° 41.021'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 29' 51.66" N, 83° 41' 1.26" W
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Area Code(s)810, 313, 586, 517, 248,
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13270 Silver Lake Rd, Brighton MI 48116, US
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