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BATTLE CREEK

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

And had he then left them, his work already accomplished would have been a great one for the town. But he remained with them—one of their public-spirited citizens—identified with all of their important enterprises, their interests were his interests, their prosperity his prosperity; he remained with them, working to build up the town, until it became a nourishing city. And it can truly be said that he did not seek merely to aggrandize himself, but that he sought far greater wealth in striving to aggrandize the city. And for his noble efforts in its behalf, his name will ever live in its history as one of its greatest benefactors and friends. Judge McCamly, on the admission of Michigan to the Union as a State, was in 1835, elected from this district a State Senator; Gen. Ezra Convis, at the same time, was elected to the Lower House, and. Isaac E. Crary was elected representative to Congress. Sands McCamly was an able man. He possessed a strong and clear intellect, a sound judgement, a resolute purpose, and had the sagacity to see the right thing to be done to bring about a successful enterprise whether of a public or of an individual character. He was a good judge of men and things, and was inclined "to take human nature in its most interesting phase—the right side out. " He possessed the social qualities, fine conversational powers and was an interesting raconteur. He read character well; this faculty, combined with a good memory and an intimate acquaintance with so many prominent men in this State and others, and his ability in discussing the varied topics of the day, always made it a great pleasure to hear his views of men and their measures.

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