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 Who's that guy? 

 
...standing in front of the Capitol?

That’s Austin Blair, the thirteenth governor of Michigan, who served from 1861–1864.  He was known as the Civil War Governor, but also known as the Humanitarian Governor. He was a strong opponent of slavery and secession and he also championed human rights by leading the effort to ban capital punishment and supporting efforts to give women and black citizens the right to vote.

He is the only person to have been honored by a stature on Michigan's Capitol grounds

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