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Hon. William L. Greenly, son of Thomas and Nancy Greenly, was born at Hamilton, Madison county, New York, September 18th, 1813. He attended school at Hamilton academy until the age of fourteen, he attended Union college, where he graduated at the age of eighteen. He commenced the study of law with Stower & Gridley, in Hamilton, where he remained three years. He was admitted to the bar at Albany, New York, in the fall of 1833; practiced law at Eaton, Madison county, until October 1836, when on the 20th of the same month, he came to Adrian Michigan, and commenced the practice of law.

In the fall of 1837, he was nominated and elected State Senator in the district composed of Monroe, Lenawee and Hillsdale counties, by a large majority; re-elected in the fall of 1841, and served two years more. In 1846 he was nominated and elected Lieutenant Governor, and served as such until the 1st of March, 1847, when by the resignation of Governor Felch, he became acting Governor of the State of Michigan, which position he occupied until the first of January, 1848. He was afterwards elected three times justice of the peace, and held the office twelve years. In 1858 he was elected mayor of the city of Adrian for one year.

Governor Greenly has been married three times; his first wife was Miss Sarah A. Dascomb, whom he married at Hamilton, New York, December, 1834. His second wife was Miss Elizabeth W. Hubbard, married at Northampton, Massachusetts, June 11th, 1840, and he married for his third wife, Miss Maria Hart, of Adrian, October 25th, 1859. A son, Marshal H. Greenly, by his second wife, is the only child living. He is a conductor on the Lake Shore road, and resides at Elkhart, Indiana.

Source: Whitney, William A. History and Biographical Record of Lenawee County, Michigan . Adrian, Mich.: W. Stearns & co., 1879, p. 101.

 

 

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