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Published: Wednesday, 10/27/2010

Remains of first Michigan governor re-interred in Detroit park


DETROIT — Stevens T. Mason has been buried once again on the site of the first state capitol in downtown Detroit.

A flag-draped metal casket bearing the remains of Michigan's first governor was placed in a crypt Wednesday afternoon in smallish Capitol Park following several speeches and short history lessons of Mason's accomplishments.

The crypt sits below a bronze statue of the man known as the "Boy Governor."

Mason was 24 when elected the Michigan territory's first governor in 1835.

He was re-elected in 1837 and served two more years before leaving to practice law in New York, where he died in 1843.

His remains were returned to Detroit in 1905 and buried in Capitol Park. He was re-interred in the 1950s. Crews unearthed his coffin during the park's redesign.

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