December 16, 1808
Michigan’s first Republican governor was born.
Born in New York, Kingsley S. Bingham moved to Michigan in 1833. Elected to Congress as a Democrat in 1847, Bingham opposed the extension of slavery into the western territories and was a strong candidate for governor for the newly-founded Republican Party. Bingham was elected in 1854 and re-elected two years later.
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