Two Shades of Blue: How and Why Did the Massachusetts State Police Adopt a French & Electric Blue Uniform?

In the year 1865, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts established the first state-wide police agency.  This action was a result of a bill passed by the Great and General Court and signed by Governor Andrew. However, the bill included no requirements for a police uniform, which I found surprising.  I conducted some independent research to figure out how the State Police arrived at French & Electric Blue uniforms.  My findings reveal some interesting stories that involve Beacon Hill politics, the French Army and the Massachusetts National Guard.
I found my first clue about uniforms in the year 1879,

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