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Chase Salmon Osborn

ex-governor , author.

Chase Salmon Osborn, American ex-governor, author.


Osborn, Chase Salmon was born on January 22, 1860 in in Huntington County, Indiana, United States. Son of George A. (Doctor of Medicine and Margaret (Fannon) O. (M.D.).


Bachelor of Science, Purdue University as of 1880. Doctor of Medicine Detroit College of Medicine, 1909. Doctor of Laws, University of Michigan, 1911, Olivet College, 1911, Alma (Michigan) College, 1912, Northwestern University, 1922, Atlanta Law School, 1935.

Doctor of Science in Natural Science, Wayne U., 1944.


Adoption of her as daughter annulled, April 1949). Married second, Stellanova Brunt Osborn, April 9, 1949. Began newspaper work on Lafayette (Indiana) Home Journal.

Went to Chicago on Chicago Tribune and in 1880 to Milwaukee, reportorial and editorial work. Purchased 1883, public Florence (Wisconsin) Mining News. Editor Miner and Manufacturer, Milwaukee, 1887.

Purchased, 1887, Sault Ste. Marie (Michigan) News public it until 1901, when sold it and purchased the Saginaw (Michigan) Courier-Herald, which sold, 1912. Postmaster Sault Ste.

Marie, Michigan, 1889-1893. State game and fish warden, Michigan, 1895-1899. Commissioner of railroads for Michigan, 1899-1903.

Regent University of Michigan, 1908-1911. Governor of Michigan, 1911-1912. Candidate for United States Senate, 1918, 28.

Endorsed by Michigan for Republican nomination as vice president of the United States, 1928.


  • Authors Association, Authors League America, Archeological Institute America, National Rifle Association America, Lock City Chapter Izaak Walton League America (honorary life), Bibb County (Georgia) Fish and Game Club (honorary life), Northern Michigan Sportsmen’s Association, Sault Koorhaan Fly Club (honorary), Worth County (Georgia) Sportsman’s Club, Outdoor Writers Association American (life), Oregon Trail Memorial Association (life), Spanish War Veterans (honorary medal “for extraordinarily distinguished service”), Red Arrow Division American Expeditionary Force (honorary), Company B, 107th Engineers Michigan National Guard (first honorary), National Council of National Economic League, Roosevelt Memorial Association, American Red Cross (honorary chairman Chippewa County, Michigan, Chapter), Boy Scouts of America (honorary president Chippewa Area Council. Donor of 810 acre Boy Scout reservation for 15 Georgia counties), Sigma Chi (nat. grand orator 1933, 35, 37. Grand trustee 1937-1939.

    Significant Sig gold medal 1935), Sigma Rho, Sigma Delta Chi (honorary president 1912-1919), Pi Gamma Mu (honorary), S.A.R. Honorary member Madagascar Academy of Science (only American member), Michigan Amateur Press Association, Georgia Press Association, Geography Society of Chicago, William T. Hornaday Foundation, National Parks Association, Mississippi Valley Historical Association, Great Lakes Historical Society (trustee), Honorary Sachem of Michigamua (University of Michigan), Norse Civic Association Detroit (honorary), Leiv Eriksen Memorial Association, Detroit. Discoverer of source of firefly’s light.

    Also discovered Moose Mountain iron range (Canada) and Ndanga iron range (S.E. Africa). An Accolade for Chase S. Osborn (605 pages) published and presented to him by City of Sault Ste. Marie, 1940

  • January 22, 1941, proclaimed Chase Salmon Osborn Day in Michigan by Governor Subject of (book) Eighty and On (by S. B. Osborn), 1941.


Member Michigan Unemployment Commission, 1932. Member Committee of 1912 Progressives for Landon, and Republican presidential elector-at-large for Michigan, 1936. Member advisory committee Detroit and Michigan Exposition, 1935, Michigan Works Progress Administration, 1941.

Honorary patron Georgia Bicentennial Commission. Member Future Farmers of America (honorary. Member Gabriel Richard Day Committee, Michigan, 1937.

Member Advisory Board of Trustees Alexander Blain Hospital, Detroit. Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member Lake Superior Mining Institute, American Ornithologists Union, American Institute Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, Seismological Society America, Georgia Mineral.

Society (honorary), American Society Mammalogists, Sulgrave Institution, National Audubon Society, American Bison Society, American Huguenot Society, Michigan Academy Science, Arts and Letters, Chippewa County (Michigan) History Society (honorary), Wilson Ornithological. Club, American Pioneer Trails Association (charter), Tippecanoe County (Indiana) History Association, Atlanta (Georgia) History Society, Macon (Georgia) History Society. Mason (33°), Elk.; Odd Fellow, Knights of Pythias.

Member Grange.; Clubs: Detroit, University, Detroit Athletic, Prismatic, Gristmill, Purdue, Algonquin (active, life), Three Score and Ten (Detroit).


Married Lillian G. Jones, May 7, 1881 (died February 4, 1948).; married second, Stellanova Brunt Osborn, April. Children: Ethel Louise, George Augustus, Lillian (deceased), Chase Salmon, Emily Fisher, Oren Chandler (deceased), Miriam Gertrude (deceased), Stella Brunt (adopted.

George A. Osborn

Lillian G. Jones

Stellanova Brunt Osborn

Ethel Louise Osborn

George Augustus Osborn

Lillian Osborn (deceased)

Chase Salmon Osborn

Emily Fisher Osborn

Oren Chandler Osborn (deceased)

Miriam Gertrude Osborn (deceased)

Stella Brunt (adopted Osborn