“Because of Osborn’s independence and temperamental Liberalism, he was charged with being erratic, not a few called him crazy, and everybody agreed to the fact that he would not stand hitched.”  Chase Salmon Osborn 1860-1949

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Chase Salmon Osborn (January 22, 1860 – April 11, 1949) was an American politician, newspaper reporter, and publisher, and explorer. He served as the 27th Governor of Michigan from 1911 to 1913. The governor spent time at Possum Poke in Georgia, using it as a retreat and a place to write. He would later die there on April 11, 1949, aged 89.


Appellations merited by a lifetime of activity include the following:


"The Best Educated Man in America"

"Sage of the Sault"

"Orator of the Nation"

"The Iron Hunter"

"Noted Author and Brilliant Newspaperman"

"Nationally Recognized Authority on Michigan’s Wild Life and Natural Resources"

" Michigan’s Greatest Statesman and Most Famous Citizen"

"He was a friend of the great, the highly placed, the powerful, the wealthy, whose company he kept and whom he counseled and advised, but his affection and his labors were with the ordinary citizenry. As one northern Michigan resident wrote at the end of his governorship: "You have did [sic] well for the common people.... The other class provides for themselves, you have cared for us. We realize that you have had a hard Battle with the elements from start to finish & you have won the Hearts of the common people. We rejoice in your courage . . . & Integrity."

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