American politician who served as the first governor of Michigan from 1805 to 1813. As a soldier, he fought in the American Revolution and was a general in the War of 1812.
He attended Yale University and graduated in 1772. He went on to pass the bar in 1775 and joined a militia as soon as the American Revolution broke out.
He was a personal friend of Nathan Hale and was largely responsible for publicizing his famous quote, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."
He was married to Sarah Fuller with whom he had four children.
He was appointed Governor of Michigan by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson.