Today in Michigan History

October 19, 1875

Zachariah Chandler was named secretary of the Interior.

Elected U.S. senator in January 1857, Zachariah Chandler became an outspoken Radical Republican during and after the Civil War. Defeated in his 1875 reelection to the Senate, Chandler was appointed secretary of the Interior by President U.S. Grant, where he served “with considerable distinction.”

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