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Politics & Government

Another Governor Finds His Place On The Walls Of Michigan’s Capitol

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Cheyna Roth
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MPRN
Priscilla Croswell Grew stands next to the newly unveiled portrait of her great grandfather, Governor Charles Croswell.

Another governor has found his place on the walls of the Michigan State Capitol. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth explains.

Governor Charles Croswell held the office for only a few years from 1877 to 1880. But he was a lawmaker for many years before that.

Now his portrait will finally grace the walls of the state Capitol.

Joshua Risner painted the portrait and made the frame. Risner says he only had a black and white drawing for reference. So he spoke to relatives of Croswell to figure out things like eye color and skin tone.

“It take a lot of – I feel like it takes years off my life sometimes.” Says Risner.

Risner made the frame and painting using time appropriate techniques to make the painting as authentic as possible.

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