The Michigan Senate is surrounded by many wonderful portraits of people who made important contributions to our state. However, did you know that the oldest portrait in the Senate’s collection is of a Frenchman who never stepped foot in Michigan?
In the first part of the “Inside the Senate Chamber” series, we take an exclusive look at the portraits that hang in the Michigan Senate chamber.
Among the featured portraits are ones of Gov. Austin Blair and Gov. Henry Crapo.
Blair is known as Michigan’s wartime governor, serving during the Civil War, and is honored with a statue in front of the Capitol. Crapo followed Blair, but his greatest legacy might be that his grandson founded the General Motors Corporation.