Happy Birthday, Michigan! State turns 184 Tuesday
On this day in 1837, Michigan was official recognized as a state.
MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Happy 184th Birthday, Michigan! On this day in 1837, Michigan was official recognized as a state.
According to the Michigan History Center, Statehood Day commemorates the events of Jan. 26, 1837, when, more than a year after Michigan adopted its first constitution and elected its first governor, President Andrew Jackson signed the bill making Michigan the nation’s 26th state.
The delay was caused by a disagreement with Ohio and the Toledo War. The resulting compromise gave Toledo to Ohio, and Michigan the western two-thirds of the Upper Peninsula. By the mid-19th century, the discovery of copper and iron in the Upper Peninsula more than made up for the loss of Toledo, the history center said.
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