Library of Congress
BINGHAM, Kinsley Scott (1808-1861)

BINGHAM, KINSLEY SCOTT, a Representative and a Senator from Michigan; born in Camillus, Onondaga County, N.Y., December 16, 1808; attended the common schools; studied law in Syracuse, N.Y.; moved to Green Oak, Mich., in 1833; admitted to the bar and practiced law; engaged in agricultural pursuits; held a number of local offices, including those of justice of the peace, postmaster, and first judge of probate of Livingston County; member, Michigan house of representatives 1837; reelected four times and served as speaker for three terms; elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Congresses (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1851); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State (Thirty-first Congress); was not a candidate for reelection in 1850; resumed agricultural pursuits; elected Governor in 1854 and was reelected in 1856; instrumental in establishing the Michigan Agricultural College and other educational institutions; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1859, until his death on October 5, 1861; chairman, Committee on Enrolled Bills (Thirty-seventh Congress); died in Green Oak, Livingston County, Mich.; interment in Old Village Cemetery, Brighton, Livingston County, Mich.

Central Michigan University
Clarke Historical Library
Mt. Pleasant, MI
Papers: 1857. 1 letter.

Michigan State University
University Archives and Historical Collections
East Lansing, MI
Papers: 4 letters (1856-1858) in the Henry Waldrom papers.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1820-1909. Ca. 600 items. Family, political, and legislative correspondence, genealogical papers, and memorabilia. Finding aid.
Additional Papers: Items in the Alpheus Felch papers, 1817-1896; and the George D. Hill papers, 1843-1866 and 1870-1876.

University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Rochester, NY
Papers: 3 letters (1856-1858) in various collections. Finding aid.

  • McDaid, William. "Kinsley S. Bingham and the Republican Ideology of Antislavery, 1847-1855.'' Michigan Historical Review 16 (Fall 1990): 43-73.