FRED M. WARNER, the twenty-sixth governor of Michigan, was born in Hickling, Nottingham, England on July 21, 1865. Warner became an orphan at three months of age, and consequently was adopted by a couple in Farmington, Michigan. His early education was attained in the common schools of Michigan, and later he attended the Michigan Agricultural College. Warner went to work in his father's general store, and eventually became the owner of thirteen successful cheese factories. He entered politics in 1894, serving as a member of the Michigan State Senate, a position he held four years. He also served as the secretary of state of Michigan from 1900 to 1904. Warner next secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote on November 8, 1904. He was reelected to a second term in 1906, and to a third term in 1908. During his tenure, a factory inspection bill was authorized; a direct primary election law was sanctioned; highway construction was promoted; and railroad and insurance regulations were initiated. After completing his term, Warner left office on January 2, 1911. He continued to stay politically active, serving as a Republican National Committeeman, a position he held from 1920 to 1923. Governor Fred M. Warner passed away on April 17, 1923, and was buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Farmington, Michigan.

Sources:

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 2, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

Michigan Historical Markers

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