First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church (HMMHZ)

Location: Bay City, MI 48708 Bay County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 35.864', W 83° 52.927'

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In 1848, James G. Birney and his wife led Bay City's earliest Presbyterian services in a schoolhouse. Birney, an elder in the church, twice ran unsuccessfully for president on the antislavery ticket. The Reverend Lucius Root organized the First Presbyterian Church of Lower Saginaw on September 5, 1856. Services continued to be held in the schoolhouse and other public buildings until the first church was built in 1863. In 1886 church elder Alexander Folsom donated $50,000 for the founding of a college in "northern" Michigan. His donation funded the organization of Alma College. In 1906 the college established the J. Ambrose Wight Memorial Fund scholarship in honor of First Presbyterian's minister.

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In 1884 the Reverend J. Ambrose Wight challenged the members of the First Presbyterian Church to "go forward and build a church that will be a lasting gift to the future." The Reverend Wight (1811-1889) feared that Bay City's prosperity, gained through the lumber and salt industries, would not last. When the church was dedicated on June 4, 1893, the Bay City Times-Press declared it a "Magnificent Temple." Like the City Hall, which was build four years later, the Ionia sandstone church was designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style by local architects Pratt and Koeppe, and reflects Bay City's wealth at that time. The bell, cast in 1866, served as a public timepiece and tolled three times daily.
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker NumberL2084
Year Placed2000
Placed ByMichigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 11:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 267368 N 4831232
Decimal Degrees43.59773333, -83.88211667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 35.864', W 83° 52.927'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 35' 51.84" N, 83° 52' 55.62" W
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Area Code(s)989
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 801-899 Center Ave, Bay City MI 48708, US
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