Today in Michigan History

April 15, 1859

Luren D. Dickinson was born.

Born in New York, Dickinson moved to Michigan as a teenager and settled in Charlotte. There, he was a teacher, farmer and school principal. Dickinson was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1886; he also served in the Michigan Senate. Dickinson was elected lt. governor in 1914, serving six terms before being elected to that office again in 1938. With the death of Governor Frank Fitzgerald on March 16, 1939, Dickinson became Michigan’s oldest governor and the only lt. governor to succeed an incumbent who died in office.

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