Portrait and Biographical Album of Washtenaw County, Michigan: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Together with Biographies of All the Governors of the State, and of the Presidents of the United States

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Biographical Publishing Company, 1891 - Governors - 629 pages

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As a person researching family history, books like this are a wonderful gift. They provide details about ancestors that bring the person to life. It's also kind of fun to read this later 19th century writing style with all its affectations and unintended cultural revelations. I also enjoyed the sketches of the presidents, as they give another aspect to them that is not found in today's presentations. 

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