William L. Greenly
|William L. Greenly|
|6th Governor of Michigan|
March 4, 1847 – January 3, 1848
|Lieutenant||Charles P. Bush|
|Preceded by||Alpheus Felch|
|Succeeded by||Epaphroditus Ransom|
September 18, 1813|
Hamilton, New York
|Died||November 29, 1883
Early life in New York
Greenly was born in Hamilton, New York. He graduated from Union College of Schenectady, New York in 1831, then studied law with Stower & Gridley, in Hamilton and was admitted to the bar at Albany, New York in 1834.
Politics in Michigan
Greenly served as the fifth Lieutenant Governor from 1846 to 1847 and became Governor on March 4, 1847 after the resignation of Alpheus Felch to take a seat in the U.S. Senate. He completed Felch's term through January 3, 1848. Greenly served through much of the Mexican-American War, where troops from Michigan were sent such as Company K, 3d Dragoons, as well as A, E, and G of the U. S. Infantry.
Governor Greenly was married three times:
- Sarah A. Dascomb, in Hamilton, December 1834
- Elizabeth W. Hubbard in Northampton, Massachusetts, June 11, 1840, they had one son, Marshal
- Maria Hart in Adrian, October 25, 1859
Retirement and death
After his brief time a Governor, he served as Justice of the Peace for twelve years, and was elected mayor of Adrian, Michigan in 1858 serving only one year. He died at the age of seventy and is interred at Oakwood Cemetery in Adrian.
- Portrait and Biographical Album of Ingham & Livingston Counties, Michigan. Chicago: Chapman Bros. (reproduced at Memorial Library of Online Books & Maps. 1891. p. 121.
- History and Biographical Record of Lenawee County, Michigan, Volume I. N/A (reproduced by the Lenawee Historical Society Museum at Rootsweb.com). 1879. p. 101.
- The Political Graveyard
Origen D. Richardson
|Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
Charles P. Bush
|Governor of Michigan