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He has filled the office of sheriff, been a senator from this district, been a United States marshal, and is at the present time judge of probate. That his discharge of the various political trusts he lias held has met the approbation of his constituents is evident from the fact of his re-elections, and often he leads the ticket of his party.
Rev. John D. Pierce, now of Ypsilanti, was one of the earliest and most honored citizens of this county. He came from Oneida county, N. Y., as a missionary of the Home Missionary Board, and made his permanent location at Marshall in 1831, and immediately entered upon his life-work, to wit: preaching the gospel. He immediately identified himself with the people as their friend, to rejoice with the fortunate and happy, and to mourn with the bereaved and suffering. Every enterprise "which had for its object the substantial improvement of the town met with his hearty approval and co-operation. He was the first super -intendent of public instruction, as he should have been, for he was the father of our school system. His lucid and scholarly reports will always stand as models of learning and deep insight into the topics to which they relate. The accomplished wife of Mr. Pierce fell a victim to the cholera, which devastated the little town in 1832, as elsewhere spoken of. Of the once large family of Mr. Pierce, but two children are now alive. His.son, who held a lieutenant's commission at the time of the Mexican war, contracted an incurable disease while in the service and died some twelve months after his return home.

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