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Biographies of Area Pioneers, Settlers and other Important Figures.

Letter "C"

Entries in maroon font have been transcribed from Johnson's New Universal Cyclopaedia, published in 1876 by A.J. Johnson & Co., New York.

Calvert, Thomas

Cass, Lewis, LL.D., an American statesman, born at Exeter, New Hampshire, October 9, 1782. He studied law, which he began to practise at Zanesville, Ohio in 1802. Having entered the army as a colonel in 1812, he served in Canada under General Hull, and was taken prisoner. He was raised to the rank of of brigadier-general in 1813, and appointed governor of Michigan Territory in 1814. After he had held that office sixteen years, and negotiated many treaties with the Indians, he was appointed secretary of war by President Jackson in 1831. He was sent as minister to France in 1836, returned home in 1842, and was elected a Senator of the U.S. for Michigan in 1844. Having opposed the Wilmot Proviso, he was nominated as Democratic candidate for the presidency of the U.S. in 1848, but he was defeated by General Taylor, the Whig candidate, who received 163 electoral votes; General Cass received 137 electoral votes. In January 1849, he was re-elected to the Senate of the U.S. He supported Douglas's Kansas-Nebraska bill in 1854, and became secretary of state in March 1857. He resigned in December, 1860. Died June 17, 1866.

General Cass's history well illustrates the great possibilities which have justly served as an encouragement to young men of this country born in humble circumstances. Without fortune or friends, and with an imperfect education, he went to Ohio on foot when seventeen years old. Elected to the legislature, his zeal against the suspected treason of Burr brought him to the favorable notice of President Jefferson and the people. His services in the war with Great Britain were useful to the nation, and greatly increased his popularity. During his long governorship of Michigan his success in managing the disaffected Indians, and in developing the resources of the Territory, demonstrated his great abilities. To his power of making strong personal friends much of his success was due. He was democratic in his tastes and habits, as well as in his political opinions. He attained a large fortune and much political influence. Throughout the civil war he was in favor of the maintenance of the Federal union. General Cass was a man of literary tastes. His published writings are not numerous, but are well written and display much ability. (See H.R. SCHOOLCRAFT, "Life of General Cass," 1848; W.L.G. SMITH, "Life of Lewis Cass," 1856.)

Chamberlain, Eli

de Charlevoix, Pierre Francois Xavier, a French Jesuit and historian, born at Saint-Quentin October 29, 1682. He went as a missionary to Canada in 1720, and descended the Mississippi to its mouth. He wrote, besides other works, a "History of Canada" (3 volumes, 1744). Died February 1, 1761.

Cissne, Robert G.
Clark, John

Clarke, George Rogers, an American general, born in Virginia, November 19, 1752. He took a British fort at Vincennes in 1779, and served against Benedict Arnold in Virginia in 1780. He became a brigadier-general in 1781, and after peace was concluded in 1783, settled in Kentucky. Died February 13, 1818.

Closser Family Record Many names and much information here.
Clyburn, Henley
Cole, Albert W.
Corey, Sanford
Corey, Nelson
Crane, Henry P.
Crawford, Hon. George Much information here.

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