Oliver C. Comstock Jr.
Oliver C. Comstock Jr. served as the state's third superintendent of public instruction (1843 - 45). In 1847 he was one of the abolitionists who prevented Kentucky slaveholders taking the fugitive slave family of Adam Crosswhite. In 1848 he and several prominent Marshall citizens were convicted and fined for conspiracy to harbor fugitives. Comstock was superintendent of the construction of the Michigan Central Railroad between Jackson and Kalamazoo and a founder of the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society.