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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Boy Governor

Stevens T. Mason was the first governor of the new State of Michigan at age 24 in 1835 and served in that capacity for 5 years. His nickname was "The Boy Governor". Today marks his birthday! He was born 174 years ago. This statue of him in Detroit stands in Capitol Park behind Woodward near Campus Martius. Stevens' ashes are buried beneath it. He died at age 31 of pneumonia. The city of Mason is named after him.

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