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CROSWELL, Charles M., statesman, born in Newburg, New York, 31 October 1825; died in Adrian, Michigan, 13 December 1886. He was apprenticed to the carpenter's trade in Adrian, but in his twentieth year began the study of law, and soon became deputy County clerk. In 1850 he was City registrar, and was re-elected in 1852. Mr. Croswell became mayor of Adrian in 1862, and in the autumn of that year entered the state senate. After serving in this capacity three terms, he was successively president of the Constitutional convention in 1867, elector-at-large on the republican ticket in 1868, speaker of the lower house of the legislature in 1874, and later secretary of the State board of charities. After filling the office of governor of Michigan in 1876, he was re-elected in 1878.
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