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JOHN JUDSON BAGLEY

BY GEORGE H. HOPKINS
June 7, 1882

Little can be said of the Public career of Gov. Bagley that is not already well known to the people of Michigan. His love for. good government and a hearty interest in all that pertained, to it was a part of his nature. He could no more remain a passive citizen, than the blade of grass could cease to grow under the genial influence of sun and rain. From early boyhood he took a deep interest in the political discussions of the day. But he was not content to follow. where others led. He weighed carefully the opinions of others— formed his own convictions and followed them. He believed it to be the duty of every person to have an opinion on every subject upon which he should be called to decide, and insisted that every man who had a ballot should cast it. Nothing so displeased him as to find at the close of election day that some friend or neighbor had neglected to vote. He believed that the safety and perpetuity of our institutions depended upon the intelligence of the common people, and he would have every individual act as though he, himself, was a part of the government. Long before he had attained his majority he was a pronounced whig, although his father was a democrat, and-was a republican from the organization of that party. Soon after he cast his first vote he was elected a member of the board of education from the third ward of the city of Detroit. Then his friends proposed that he canvass the ward as a candidate for alderman. The opposition was largely in the majority and nominated their strongest man, " the late Gen. A. S. Williams. He believed in success, and said to his party friends that whoever was the candidate, that man must be the unanimous choice of the party—if there was no opposition to his nomination he would make the run and be elected.

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