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A SKETCH OF LUCIUS LYON

by GEORGE H. WHITE

While Mr. Lyon was not a brilliant man in the sense that Clay or Webster or that class of senators were, there is reason to believe that he protected and promoted the interests' of the State better by his industry and painstaking attention to details than either of them could had be been our senator.
Lucius Lyon in politics was always a democrat. He was religiously disposed; his parents were Episcopalians, and he was brought up in that faith and inclined strongly toward it until in the last few years of his life he be-became a believer in the doctrines of Swedenborg. It may be well to preserve here a pen portrait of him, so far as the writer can draw it with the means at his command.
He was about five feet and eleven inches tall and weighed about two hundred pounds, but was not fleshy, only portly. His head was large and so was his face; his complexion was light and florid; his hair was a light brown; he was very deliberate in his movements; his general appearance was prepossessing, his manners very urbane. He was not a rapid talker, but his words were very plainly and deliberately spoken; his voice was a kindly one; his manners were grave and dignified; he was very neat in his personal appearance and quite particular about his dress; his habits were exemplary; he was public spirited and benevolent. His was a busy life in which he found no time to select a wife.
His death occurred at Detroit on the 24th day of September, 1851. An attempt to give minuter details of Mr. Lyon's life would lengthen this paper beyond reasonable limits, for he was always taking part in any enterprise having in view a benefit to his adopted State, or that had some benevolent or charitable object as its aim. A mere enumeration of them would be too lengthy for this time and place.

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