best-known antebellum politician, Lewis Cass was born in Exeter, New
Hampshire. Cass, who arrived in Michigan in 1812, became Michigan's
territorial governor in 1813. In 1831 he went to Washington, DC, where
he began thirty years of service to his nation as secretary of war,
ambassador to France, U.S. senator, 1848 presidential candidate and U.S.
secretary of state.