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The Mary Marshall Chapter was granted a charter by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution on November 18, 1903.  The chapter was named in honor of Mary Marshall wife of the the Chief Justice, John Marshall of the United States Supreme Court, for whom the city of Marshall, Michigan was named.

The first meeting of the chapter was held at the home of Mrs. William F. Church at 303 N. Kalamazoo Avenue.  She had been appointed chapter regent by Mrs. Cornella Cole Fairbanks, the President General of the National Society Daughters of the American revolution.  The chapter officers were Regent, Mrs. William F. Church; Vice Regent,  Mrs. William R. Lewis; Secretary, Mrs. Mrs. James M. Redfield; Treasurer, Mrs. William H.. Porter; Registrar, Mrs. Norris J. Frink; Historian, Mrs..Stephen V. A. Lepper.   Mrs. Redfield had been a member of the Oneida Chapter in Utica N.Y. while she lived there; and upon her return to Marshall, she was instrumental in organizing the Mary Marshall Chapter.  There were fifteen charter members.

The second meeting was at the home of Mrs. Frink, at the corner of Grand and Prospect Streets. An American flag hung across the entrance to the grounds. The house was softly lighted with candles. 

"One of the first programs among many given by the chapter was in honor of George Washington's birthday.  It was held at the high school assembly room on July 4,1904. The program consisted of selections by the high school orchestra, readings, and addresses. It was a lengthy and ambitious undertaking. The printed program called it a "Patriotic Exercise." In 1907 the program was held at the former Empire theater. 

Social meetings were always brilliant, sparkling, or gala events. Four chapters within the county held a "season of beauty" on October 29,1906. About eighty members attended, enjoying a menu of grapefruit juice, New England clam broth, relishes, creamed sweet breads in stars and stripes baskets,' breast of chicken, sweet potato croquettes, South Carolina punch, DAR salad, continental ice cream, grandmother' s cake and national wafers with coffee."


Our Chapter Home

Governor's Mansion
Governor's Mansion Museum
612 S. Marshall, MI

Currently the home of the Mary Marshall Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Governor's Mansion was built in 1839 with the hopes that it would become the governor's home if Marshall were selected as the state capital.


 Visions of a State Capital

In the late 1830s and early 1840s there was much discussion about Marshall becoming the capital of Michigan.

These expectations were based on certain arrangements by those in power whereby certain mutual benefits were to accrue along the line of the Old Territorial Road. Ann Arbor was to get the University, Jackson the prison, and Marshall the capital.

A large area was set aside on the south side of town that was financed locally and named Capital Hill. So sure was the town of its selection that an area was named Capital Square. Lots in this section were sold for fantastic prices and it was expected that the Capitol would face Marshall Avenue in a location later occupied by the B. E. Henry Building.

During this period J. W. Gordon settled in Marshall and ran for lieutenant governor of Michigan in 1840. He won and when Governor Woodbridge left the governors office for the US Senate in 1841, Gordon become acting governor of Michigan. Mr. Gordon had purchased land in Marshall and had built a large house across the street from the land proposed for the Capitol. This house has been referred to as the "Governor's Mansion" since erection in 1839.




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