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Marshall Township

Township  Clerk
13551 Myron Avery Dr.
Marshall, MI   49068

City of Marshall
City Hall
323 W. Michigan
Marshall, MI   49068

Funeral Homes
Craig K Kempf Funeral Home, 103 E Mansion St, Marshall, MI, 49068-1117, 269-781-9858

Lyon Family Funeral Home, 826 W. Michigan, Marshall, MI   49068, 269-789-9707

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Historical Society
Marshall Historical Society
107 N. Kalamazoo
Marshall, MI   49068
Marshall District Library
124 W. Green
Marshall, MI   49068

Brief History of Marshall 

In 1830, Sidney Ketchum (b. 1797) from Peru, Clinton Co, NY decided to build a settlement here and returned a year later with seven others. The town was named "Marshall" after Chief Justice John Marshall. It was also designated the county seat in 1831.

Many politicians favored making Marshall the state capitol to succeed Detroit. However these hopes were not rewarded.

In 1834, Isaac Crary and Rev John D. Pierce developed the concept for a public school system which was later adopted in many other places.

In 1846, an escaped slave named Adam Crosswhite, who was living in Marshall, was tracked down by his owners. Many town citizens had strong abolitionist views and rather than allow Crosswhite to return to slavery, they had the slave hunters arrested and ordered them to return to Kentucky without their slave. Crosswhite and his family were freed and given safe passage to Canada. These events and other similar episodes resulted in the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law in 1850.

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the oldest union in the United States was founded here in 1863.

Marshall is know for its distinctive architecture and many structures have been designated historic places.

Early officers of the village of Marshall were Sidney S. Alcott, mayor, Cyrus Hewitt, clerk, C.M. Brewer (b. 1814, Otsego Co, NY), treasurer, A.S. Hays, trustee, Charles T. Gorham (b. 1812, Danbury, CT), trustee, John Hutchinson, trustee, and Marvin Preston, assessor. Early officers of Marshall township were Henry Cook (supervisor), Marvin Preston (clerk and justice of the peace), Thomas J. Hurlbut (treasurer), Isaac E. Crary (justice of the peace), Benjamin Dwinnell (justice of the peace), and Calvin Smith (justice of the peace) .

Crosswhite  Affair
Link to John C. Sherwood's "One Flame in the Inferno," a study of Marshall's "Crosswhite Affair."  This paper provides an interesting look at the events surrounding the attempted retrieval of the escaped slave Adam Crosswhite and his family from their home in Marshall.