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Lyman George Willcox (1831-1918), a native of Rochester, Oakland County, Michigan, was a lawyer, an officer during the Civil War, orator, public servant, and journalist.  His father, Lyman J. Willcox, settled in Michigan during the 1820s.  The son, known as George, graduated from Hamilton College in 1855.  He went to Kansas in 1856 to study the pro- and anti-slavery situation, then went to Omaha the next year.  He returned to Detroit, and in 1861 was appointed captain of Company B, 3rd Michigan Cavalry Regiment.  His company saw action at Corinth and Iuka, Mississippi, and he left the service in 1864 as a major.  From 1865 to 1870, he was in Antrim County and in Traverse City, working as a lawyer and newspaper editor and in 1867 as U.S. Land Office registrar.  From 1871 to 1879, he was a fruit farmer in Centralia, Illinois, in addition to practicing law and regularly speaking as an orator.  He returned to Michigan, and was a law partner with his brother in Pontiac from 1879 to 1885.  He continued his legal and journalistic interests in Bay City, where he lived from 1885 to 1910, at which point he lived with his son George in Saginaw.  His papers include letters to and from his father from relatives in New York; correspondence with his wife during the Civil War; military orders and papers from his service in the Civil War; clippings from his political activities; and various reminiscences and documents from his activity in Civil War veterans' organizations.

 
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