Governor Frank D. Fitzgerald Home


Governor Frank D. Fitzgerald Home photo of Governor Frank D. Fitzgerald Home
Here lived Frank D. Fitzgerald who served his first term as governor 1935-36. His second term, starting in January 1939 was cut short by his death in this house in March of that year. Born in Grand Ledge in 1885, Fitzgerald earned wide respect from local citizens. A republican, he was secretary of state 1930-34, State chief executive during some tumultuous Depression years, Fitzgerald advocated government re-organization measures including a civil service system for state employees.
 
 
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Governor Fitzgerald acquired this house during his first gubernatorial term. At that time the state did not provide an official mansion; thus Fitzgerald used this home as the governor's residence. Out of office 1937-38, he planned his successful re-election campaign from here. Lansing architect Edwyn C. Bowd designed this residence in 1907. It was built for $18,000. The house was set on a high foundation. The tile roof, massive chimneys, and rounded bay windows are Romanesque style.

Registered Site S0511
Erected 1979

Location: 219 West Jefferson
Grand Ledge, Eaton County

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