James Monroe (1818-1898) was Albion’s first industrialist and opened the “Albion Iron Works” in 1846. The firm manufactured agricultural implements. Monroe later served as sheriff of Calhoun County, and as Mayor of Kalamazoo.
Source: Frank Passic. A Pictorial History of Albion, Michigan; From the Archives of the Albion Historical Society. Dallas, Texas: Curtis Media Corporation. 1991.