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Alpheus Felch


Lucretia W Lawrence,

4 children Alma mater Bowdoin College

Alpheus Felch September 28, 1804 – June 13, 1896 was the fifth Governor of Michigan and US Senator from Michigan

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Political career
  • 3 Death and legacy
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early lifeedit

Felch was born in Limerick in modern-day Maine, then a part of Massachusetts He was left an orphan at the age of three and lived with his grandfather Abijah Felch, a veteran of the American Revolutionary War He attended the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire and graduated from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine in 1827 He studied law and was admitted to the bar in Bangor, Maine1 and practiced in Houlton, Maine from 1830 to 1833

Political careeredit

Felch moved to Monroe, Michigan in 1833 and continued the practice of law In 1835 he was the aid-de-camp to General Joseph Brown during the mustering of troops for the Ohio-Michigan Boundary Dispute the Toledo War He was elected three times to the Michigan State House of Representatives, serving from 1835 to 1837 He was appointed state bank commissioner in 1838 and resigned in 1839 As bank commissioner, he did much to expose frauds which had been made possible by a general “wild-cat” banking law which he had opposed, and which was afterward declared unconstitutional by the Michigan Supreme Court1 He was state auditor general for a few weeks in 1842 before being appointed associate justice of the Michigan Supreme Court in 1842, where he served until his resignation in 1845, after being elected governor He served as Governor of Michigan from 1846 to 1847 and during those fourteen months, state statutes were amended and the state capital was relocated to Lansing

Felch resigned as governor on March 3, 1847 after being elected by the Michigan legislature as a Democrat to the United States Senate He served in the 30th, 31st and 32nd Congresses, from March 4, 1847, to March 4, 1853 In the US Senate, he was chairman of the committee on public lands for four years1

In March 1853, he was appointed by US President Franklin Pierce to the land claims commission for California to settle Spanish and Mexican land claims arising from the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo which ended the Mexican-American War and served as president of the commission until 1856 He returned to live in Ann Arbor, Michigan that year and made an unsuccessful attempt at a non-consecutive term as Governor against the Republican incumbent Kinsley S Bingham He resumed his law career and served as the Tappan Professor of Law at the University of Michigan from 1879 to 1883

Death and legacyedit

Felch grave

He died in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the age of 91, and is there interred at Forest Hill Cemetery

Alpheus Felch is the namesake of Felch Township, Michigan2

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b c  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds 1900 "Felch, Alpheus" Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography New York: D Appleton 
  2. ^ Daly, Matthew L; Herman, Jennifer L; Hannan, Caryn December 1, 2008 Michigan Encyclopedia North American Book Dist LLC p 268 ISBN 978-1-878592-94-1 
  • United States Congress "Alpheus Felch id: F000063" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 

External linksedit

  • Portrait & Biographical Album
  • The Political Graveyard
  • National Governors Association
  • Alpheus Felch on LocalWiki
Political offices
Preceded by
Eurotus P Hastings
Michigan Auditor General
1842
Succeeded by
Henry L Whipple
Preceded by
John S Barry
Governor of Michigan
1846–1847
Succeeded by
William L Greenly
US Senate
Preceded by
William Woodbridge
US Senator Class 2 from Michigan
1847–1853
Served alongside: Lewis Cass, Thomas Fitzgerald, Lewis Cass
Succeeded by
Charles E Stuart
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Simon Cameron
Most Senior Living US Senator
Sitting or Former
with James W Bradbury

June 26, 1889 – June 13, 1896
Succeeded by
James W Bradbury


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