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A SKETCH OF LUCIUS LYON

by GEORGE H. WHITE


Mr. President and Members of the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society: If to have contributed in a greater degree than any other person, always excepting Lewis Cass, Henry R. Schoolcraft and Dr. Douglas Houghton, to the diffusion of a knowledge of the wonderful resources and advantages of that portion of the northwest territory that now constitutes the states of Wisconsin and Michigan; if to have represented it in congress at so early a day that those resources were generally unknown; if to have been unwearied and successful in efforts to diffuse an acquaintance with them, and to have materially aided their development; if to have devoted his whole energies and fortune to that development, calls for a perpetuation by you of his memory, and some knowledge of his acts, then truly does a sketch of Lucius Lyon, a delegate of the territory of Michigan in the congress of the United States, and one of the first United States senators from this State, deserve your attention for a few minutes this day.
Lucius Lyon, the son of Asa Lyon and Sarah (Atwater) Lyon, and the oldest son among seven grown up children, was born on a farm near Shelbourne Falls, about six miles from Burlington, in Chittenden county, Vermont, on the 26th day of February, 1800. When he arrived at the age of thirteen years, his mother died. His father was a well lo do farmer of Connecticut birth and descent, with an ancestral line running back in Connecticut to the earliest days of the New Haven colony, and his mother had a similar ancestry; both having in their ancestral lines many distinguished lights of the early puritan days.

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