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William L. Greenly (September 18, 1813 – November 29, 1883) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan serving as Governor.


Early life in New York

Greenly was born in Hamilton, New York. He graduated from Union College of Schenectady, New York in 1831, then studied law with Stower & Gridley, in Hamilton and was admitted to the bar at Albany, New York in 1834.

Politics in Michigan

He moved to Adrian, Michigan in October 1836. He was a member of the Michigan State Senate from the 2nd district, 1839 to 1840 and later from the 3rd district, 1842 to 1843.

Greenly served as Lieutenant Governor from 1846 to 1847 and became Governor on March 4, 1847 after the resignation of Alpheus Felch to take a seat in the U.S. Senate. He completed Felch's term through January 3, 1848. Greenly served through much of the Mexican-American War, where troops from Michigan were sent such as Company K, 3d Dragoons, as well as A, E, and G of the U. S. Infantry.


Governor Greenly was married three times:

Retirement and death

After his brief time a Governor, he served as Justice of the Peace for twelve years, and was elected mayor of Adrian, Michigan in 1858 serving only one year. He died at the age of seventy and is interred at Oakwood Cemetery in Adrian.


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Origen D. Richardson |width="40%" style="text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
1846–1847 |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
Charles P. Bush |- |- style="text-align: center;" |- style="text-align:center;" |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"|Preceded by
Alpheus Felch |width="40%" style="text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|Governor of Michigan
1847–1848 |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
Epaphroditus Ransom |- Template:End box

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