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This town derived no small amount of prospective importance from the fact that a college was incorporated, and its sanguine friends had no doubt of its early erection. The incipient steps were taken; a beautiful tract of land was purchased, a primary building erected, and for a short time occupied for school purposes. The Rev. Dr. John P. Cleveland was elected president of the college; was upon the ground devoted to the enterprise, and deserved success. An institution for the higher education of females, incorporated about the same time, erected a building, called the Female Seminary, which was occupied some two or three years, and then, with the college, utterly failed and went out' of being. Neither of them came to this end because there was a want of appreciation of their advantages, for their existence at all proves the contrary, but because they were prematurely started. At all elections and other important meetings, the entire male population were out, and took a lively interest in everything in which the business or reputation of Marshall was involved. In consequence of the sparse ness of the population in 1831-2-3, many of the prominent citizens held several town offices at the same time. Fitness for the place rather than political availability was the sole consideration. Among this number was the Hon. Isaac E. Crary, whose promotion from the offices of commissioner of highways, inspector of common schools, and justice of the peace, to that of delegate in congress from the territory of Michigan, was rapid and eminently deserved. Mr. Crary was a ripe scholar, a sound lawyer, and a good and enterprising citizen. He identified himself at an early period with the religious and educational interests of the rising town, which was ever ready to do him honor.

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