7th Governor of Michigan, was a native of Massachusetts. In that State lie
received a collegiate education, studied law, and was admitted to the bar.
Removing to Michigan about the time its admission to the Union, he took up
his residence at Kalamazoo.
Mr. Ransom served a marked ability for a number of years in the State Legislature, and in 1837 he was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. In 1843 he was promoted to Chief Justice, which office he retained until 1845, when he resigned.
Shortly afterwards he became deeply interested in the building of plank roads in the western portion of the State, and in this business lost the greater portion of the property which he had accumulated by years of toil and industry.
Mr. Ransom became Governor of the state of Michigan in the fall of 1847, and served during one term, performing the duties of the office in a truly statesmanlike manner. He subsequently became President of the Michigan Agricultural Society, in which position he displayed the same ability that shone forth so prominently in his acts as Governor. He held the office of Regent of the Michigan University several times, and ever advocated a liberal police in its management.
Subsequently he was appointed received of the land office in one of the districts of Kansas, by President Buchanan, to which State he had removed, and where he died before the expiration of his term of office.
We sum up the events and affairs of the State under Gov. Ransom's administration as follows: The Asylum for the Insane was established, as also the Asylum for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind. Both of these institutes were liberally endowed with lands, and each of them placed in charge of a board of five trustees. The appropriation in 1849 for the deft and dumb and blind amounted to $81,500. On the first of March, 1848, the first telegraph line was completed from New York to Detroit, and the first dispatch transmitted on that day. The following figures shoe the progress in agriculture: The land reported as under cultivation in 1848 was 1,437,460 acres; of wheat there were produced 4,749,300 bushels; other grains, 8,197,767 bushels; wool, 1,645, 756 pounds; maple sugar, 1,774,369 pounds; horses 52,305; cattle, 210, 268; swine, 152, 541; sheep, 610, 534; while the flour mills numbered 228, and the lumber mills amounted to 730. 1847, an act was passed removing the Legislature from Detroit to Lansing, and temporarily buildings for the use of the Legislature were immediately erected at the cost of $12,450.
Portrait and Biographical Album of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County, Together with Portraits and Biographies of all the Governors of Michigan and the Presidents of the United States. 1884
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