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Munro House - Jonesville
Brigadier General George Clinton Munro was another prominent early resident of Jonesville—and was considered one of the wealthiest men in the area employing a black footman to drive his carriage. He operated a grist-mill, foundry, general store, and carried on business abroad. He was elected the first County Clerk in Hillsdale County (1836) and the first President of Jonesville (1855). He also served as Justice of the Peace, County Coroner, President of the Executive Committee of the Michigan State Agricultural Society, and was one of the most prominent Masons in the State. He had been Grand Master of the State and Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of the State. He was moderator of the first union school in the State, and a member of the School Board for eighteen years, being Director part of the time. His Colonial Home was purchased in 1834 and is the oldest house in Jonesville. The Greek Revival section was added in 1840. It was the first brick building in the County and still gives an aura of stately manner with 12 foot ceilings in the parlors and two wings on either side of the main structure. Before he was finished with the various additions, the house had twenty rooms (It now is a unique bed and breakfast establishment). Munro was famous for hosting many prominent and well-known guests from the U.S. and from Europe as well.

Information was obtained from his 1883 obituary in the Jonesville Independent, from www.Ancestry.com American Biographical History of Eminent and Self-Made Men with Portrait Illustrations on Steel, Volumes I-II
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