January 26, 2006

This date in Michigan History

This date in Michigan History

January 26, 1837
Michigan becomes the 26th state.

Without ceremony, President Andrew Jackson signed an act of Congress admitting Michigan into the Union. The president's action ended a long struggle to make the Michigan Territory a state. Michigan's effort to enter the Union began in 1835. During the two-year struggle, Michigan's borders changed considerably when it was forced to give up Toledo at the mouth of the Maumee River in exchange for the western part of the Upper Peninsula. It was a controversial decision at the time, but the rich natural resources in the western Upper Peninsula left Michigan the victor of what was known at the time as the Toledo War.
Courtesy Michigan History Magazine.


Anonymous John said...

Hi Dave - I used to post these same vinettes a while back but became tired of doing it! It's good stuff though, glad you do it! Have a great weekend!

I'd say the Yooper was a great trade, much nicer than the Toledo area, no offense meant to Ohio residents of course...

January 27, 2006  

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