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MICHIGAN'S OLD STATE CAPITOL

SUCCUMBS TO THE FLAMES AFTER THIRTYFIVE YEARS OF SERVICE From the Lansing Republican, Dec. 19, 1882

In the fall of the same year they had completed this frame building on block No. 115. It was two stories in height, about 60 by 100 feet in dimensions, and was surmounted by a plain belfry or cupola. In 1865 an addition of 16 feet was made to the south end. The original cost of the building, including commissioners' pay and expenses. 1847-49, was $17,868. 46; appropriations of 1865 and 1867 for enlargement and furniture, $8,083. 55 total, $25, 952. 01. The first governor inaugurated within its walls was Epaphroditus Ransom, father of Willis (Willys) C. Ransom, the present deputy railroad commissioner, and the last one was Charles M. Croswell, who was also the first governor inaugurated within the walls of the new capitol, January 1, 1879. Ten governors of Michigan were installed in office in the old capitol, of whom six served for two terms each. In its senate chamber and hall of representatives, during 32 years, the men whom Michigan has most delighted to honor imbibed their first lessons in statesmanship, and within those time-honored walls, now lying in ashes, was perfected most of that legislation which has placed our beautiful peninsular State in the front rank as regards educational, penal, and eleemosynary systems. During the dark hours of 1861-1865, when the nation's life hung trembling in the balance, and thousands of Michigan's bravest sons were baring their breasts to the* storm of lead and iron hail that the republic might live, those old walls often rang with the fiery and patriotic utterances of Michigan's war governor and the generous, wise, and loyal men who were gathered with him in council, to determine what other sacrifices patriotism demanded of their people in view of the crises which were hourly threatening the existence of the national republic.

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