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
|Resting place||Oakwood Cemetery
|Spouse(s)||Sarah A. Dascomb Greenly
Elizabeth W. Hubbard Greenly
Maria Hart Greenly
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.
Retirement and death
After his brief time as 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 on November 29, 1883 in Adrian at the age of seventy. He is interred at Oakwood Cemetery in Adrian.
Governor Greenly was married three times. He married Sarah A. Dascomb in Hamilton, New York on December 1834. Following her death, he married Elizabeth W. Hubbard in Northampton, Massachusetts on June 11, 1840. He and Elizabeth had one son, Marshal. Following Elizabeth's death, he married Maria Hart in Adrian, Michigan on October 25, 1859
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