Michigan's First Governor to be Re-interred

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan's first governor will be re-interred next week in a Detroit park.

Crews looking to relocate the remains of Stevens T. Mason in a downtown Detroit park this summer initially failed to find a coffin. The metal casket eventually was found encased in a concrete vault buried about five feet down.

The ceremony to rebury Mason's remains will take place at 1 p.m. Oct. 27 in Detroit's Capitol Park, the site of Michigan's first capitol.

Mason was elected governor in 1935 and re-elected in 1837. He served two more years and eventually left the state to practice law in New York. He died there in 1843 and was buried.

His remains were returned to Detroit in 1905 and buried in Capitol Park. He was re-interred in the 1950s.

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