January 12, 2006

This date in Michigan History

January 12, 1835
Acting Governor Stevens T. Mason declares we have a "right" to be a state.

Addressing the territorial legislative council, Mason told them that the Michigan Territory faced a crisis. Michigan's most recent effort to join the Union had failed. The territory's request to Congress for an enabling act—permission to call a constitutional convention—had been rejected. The 23-year-old chief executive declared that Michigan had a right to become a state and asked the council to call a constitutional convention. Twelve days later, the council concurred; delegates would be elected in April and gather in Detroit the following month.
Courtesy Michigan History Magazine.
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