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JOHN JUDSON BAGLEY

BY GEORGE H. HOPKINS
June 7, 1882

They took him at his word, and the result was a surprise to his friends and a disappointment to his opponents. He often spoke with pride of this first victory.
As a member of the council he recognized the necessity of a more thorough and efficient police system for the city. Por him to see was to act, and he res. ted not till the plan which he drafted was a law and the present metropolitan police system organized. He was one of the original commissioners and remained on the board until nominated by the republicans for Governor in 1872. When the news of his death reached Detroit the board of police commissioners placed a fitting testimonial on their records in which they say: "To him is mainly due the credit of the inception and organization of the metropolitan police department, and to him it is largely indebted for whatever of usefulness and efficiency it has since attained. He brought to' this work the same qualities of mind and heart which have since made him prominent in the State, and in the councils of the principal reformatory, charitable, and educational institutions; and in the various opportunities occurring to him in public and private life, he was always the faithful friend and trusted adviser of the department. " His love for his party and his great executive ability made his services in great demand by his party associates, and long before his name was mentioned in connection with any State office he was the recognized leader of his party in the State. Elected Governor of the State in 1872 and re-elected in 1874, his four years governorship seem to you as but yesterday. Into that office he carried the same intelligent force that had made many business ventures a success.

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