Andrew Bird Glaspie

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Andrew Bird Glaspie
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Biographical details
BornNovember 21, 1876
Oxford, Michigan[1]
DiedSeptember 3, 1943(1943-09-03) (aged 66)
Oxford, Michigan
Playing career
1897–1898Michigan State Normal
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1897Michigan State Normal
Head coaching record

Andrew Bird Glaspie (November 21, 1876 – September 3, 1943) was an American soldier,[2] politician, newspaper publisher, and college football player and coach.

Early years[edit]

Glaspie was born in November 1876 at Oxford, Michigan.[3] His father, Andrew P. Glaspie, operated a general store in Oxford and was a clothier, Civil War veteran, and Michigan native.[4][5] His mother, Amy (Bird) Glaspie, was also a Michigan native.[3] He had a younger sister Harriet (born December 1878) and a younger brother Philo (born September 1880).[4]

Glaspie attended the public grammar and high school in Oxford, Michigan. He thereafter taught school at Goodison, Michigan and Orion, Michigan. He subsequently enrolled at the Michigan State Normal School (now known as Eastern Michigan University) in Ypsilanti, Michigan.[3]

Michigan State Normal School[edit]

Playing history[edit]

Glaspie played football for Michigan State Normal School (now Eastern Michigan University) in Ypsilanti, Michigan and was awarded letters for the 1897 and 1898 seasons.[6] For the 1897 season, he is also listed as the "head coach" of the program in addition to being a player.

Coaching history[edit]

Glaspie was the seventh head coach[7] of his alma mater at Michigan State Normal School.[8] His record at MSNS was 2 wins and 3 losses for the 1897 season,[9] the only year he served as head coach.[10]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Michigan State Normal (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1897)
1897 Michigan State Normal 2–3 0–1
Michigan State Normal: 2–3 0–1
Total: 2–3

Newspaper and political career[edit]

Glaspie graduated from the Michigan State Normal School in 1898. He thereupon enlisted in the 31st Michigan Infantry during the Spanish–American War.[3]

In 1899, Glaspie returned to his family's home in Oxford, Michigan. He purchased an interest in a local newspaper called the Oxford Leader and became its editor.[3] At the time of the 1900 U.S. Census, Glaspie was living at Oxford, and his occupation was listed as "publisher."[4] He was still publishing the Leader as of 1910.[11]

In May 1901, he was married to Clara M. Chamberlain. They had two children, David, who died in infancy, and Elizabeth, who was born in approximately 1907.[3][12]

In approximately 1902, Glaspie was appointed as the state factory inspector by Michigan Governor Aaron T. Bliss. He served as state factory inspector from approximately 1902 to 1908.[3] In 1908, he became the postmaster for Oxford, Michigan, a position which he continue to hold as of 1912.[3][12]

In September 1918, Glaspie completed a draft registration card stating that he was living in Oxford, Michigan, and working as a salesman for the Stoll Printing Co. in Detroit.[13]

Glaspie served in the Michigan House of Representatives[14] from 1917 until 1922, and then served in the Michigan Senate from 1923 through 1924.[15][16] Glaspie served other political posts in the state, ranging from local postmaster to serving in the Department of Conservation, where he took an interest in game hunting issues.[17]

At the time of the 1930 U.S. Census, Glaspie was living in Oxford with his wife Clara and daughter Elizabeth. His occupation was listed as a writer for a newspaper.[18]

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, he was working as an editorial writer and special writer for the Pontiac Daily Press (which became The Oakland Press in 1972) and residing in Oxford with his wife, Clara.[19]

He died at Oxford in 1943.[20]


  1. ^ History of Oakland County Michigan (Volume 2) by Thaddeus De Witt Seeley, 1912
  2. ^ Family Tree Legends Michigan Government Biographies 1924, Volume 1
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Thaddeus D. Seeley (1912). History of Oakland County, Michigan. The Lewis Publishing Company. p. 756.
  4. ^ a b c Census entry for Andrew Glaspie and family. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Census Place: Oxford, Oakland, Michigan; Roll: T623_735; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 96.
  5. ^ Portrait Biographical Album of Oakland County, Michigan. Chapman Brothers. 1891. pp. 378–379.
  6. ^ Eastern Michigan University 2009 Football Media Guide
  7. ^ Eastern Michigan Eagles 2009 Football Media Guide
  8. ^ College Football Data Warehouse Archived 2010-12-05 at the Wayback Machine Eastern Michigan Coaching Records
  9. ^ "Football Bowl Subdivision: Eastern Michigan University Directory". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on June 22, 2011. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  10. ^ College Football Data Warehouse A. Bird Glaspie coaching records
  11. ^ "Wedge for Higher Newspaper Rates: Proposed Boost in Postage on Magazines Nothing More, Asserts Oxford Editor". Detroit Free Press. February 25, 1910.
  12. ^ a b Census entry for Andrew B. Glaspie, postmaster, of Oxford, Michigan. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Census Place: Oxford, Oakland, Michigan; Roll: T624_668; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 0135; Image: 539; FHL Number: 1374681.
  13. ^ Registration Card for Andrew Bird Glaspie, born November 21, 1876. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Registration Location: Oakland County, Michigan; Roll: 1682689; Draft Board: 1.
  14. ^ Journal of the House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, Volume 1
  15. ^ Political graveyard Glaspie, Andrew Bird
  16. ^ Stephen D. Bingham (1924). Michigan Biographies. Michigan Historical Commission. p. 331.
  17. ^ The Owosso Argus-Press "Andrew B. Glaspie After Same Post That Blair is Seeking" September 25, 1926
  18. ^ Census entry for Andrew B. Glaspie, age 53. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Census Place: Oxford, Oakland, Michigan; Roll: 1017; Page: 21B; Enumeration District: 41; Image: 281.0.
  19. ^ Polk's Pontiac City Directory, 1937, 1941 and 1942.
  20. ^ The News-Palladium, Saturday, September 04, 1943, Benton Harbor, Michigan, United States Of America, page 12