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BISHOP, Levi, lawyer, born in Russell, Hampden County, Massachusetts, 15 October. 1815; died in Detroit, Mich., 23 December 1881. He received a common-school education, and in 1830 became apprentice clerk in a leather manufactory. He removed to Detroit, Mich., in 1836, and having lost his right arm by an accident in 1839, left his business, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1842. He was elected justice of the peace in 1842, and from 1846 till 1858 was president of the Detroit board of education. The largest school building in Detroit now bears his name, and he was a regent of the state University from 1857 till 1863. He was a prominent war democrat, urging the suppression of the rebellion at every hazard. In 1864 he was the democratic candidate for attorney general. He was much interested in the early history of the west, organized the Detroit Pioneer Society in 1871, and was its president till his death. He was a delegate to the International Congress of Americanists at Luxembourg, France, in 1876, and in 1877 was appointed historiographer of Detroit. In this capacity he wrote more than fifty historical papers, under the title " Historical Notes." On 15 July 1880, he was made corresponding member of the Royal Historical Society of Great Britain. Mr. Bishop lectured occasionally on literary topics, and published "The Dignity of Labor," a poem (1864), and "Teuchsa Grondie," a poem in twenty-eight cantos, devoted to the Indian lore of Detroit River (1870). He also translated from the French several historical works concerning the early settlement of the northwest.
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