Items of potential interest to government documents librarians or government information managers in Michigan. For more information contact Jon Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On July 2, 1972, the state Legislature established a lottery to provide additional revenues for the state.
Source: Mich-Again's Day.
On July 2, 1942, Max Stephan of Detroit was found guilty of treason for assisting a Nazi prisoner.
A German prisoner-of-war escaped from Canada to Detroit in April 1942 and was introduced, by a former American pen pal, to Stephan, a leader in Detroit's German community. Stephan gave the Nazi POW a several-day tour of Detroit evening entertainment spots then sent him by bus to Chicago.
Convicted of aiding and abetting the enemy in wartime, Stephan was the first American sentenced to execution since George Washington's administration. President Franklin Roosevelt commuted Stephan's sentence to life in prison.
Source: Michigan History magazine
For more information, see
Time, July 13, 1942.
"Guilty of Treason", Lawrence Journal World, July 3, 1942.
"Max Stephan Sentenced to Hang for Treason", Ludington Daily News, August 6, 1942.
"Max Stephan, Traitor, Has Life Saved by Mr. Roosevelt", Star and Sentinel, July 10, 1943.
Detroit's "Nazi Underground Railroad": The Max Stephan Case, courtesy of Mythic Detroit.
George Bulanda, Books: ‘No Ordinary Crime’, Author James R. Wilson's true story of a Nazi in Detroit during World War II
No ordinary crime : an authentic tale of justice influenced by war hysteria / James R. Wilson. Swartz Creek, Mich. : Broadblade Press, c1989.
When James A. Garfield was attacked on July 2, 1881, the nation was shocked, enraged, and captivated. President for just four months, Garfield was shot by Charles Guiteau as he was about to board a train at the Baltimore & Potomac Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. Severely wounded, Garfield lingered until September 19.
An unsuccessful lawyer, evangelist, and insurance salesman, Guiteau believed Garfield owed him a patronage position in the diplomatic corps, and that the president's political decisions threatened to destroy the Republican Party. Guiteau was convicted of murder and hanged on June 30, 1882. In 1883 Congress passed the Pendleton Act; it sought to reform civil service and limit the number of patronage seekers like Charles Guiteau.
Douglas Linder, Charles Guiteau Trial : An Account via Famous Trials.
Zlati Meyer, "You Haven't Liver Here Until...You know John F. Kennedy's Michigan Connections", Detroit Free Press, November 17, 2013.
After being pushed to limit by the confederate onslaught. The 4th Michigan regiment secured the "Wheatfield ". During this time there was major action on Stony Hill. The Union forces under Zook were overrun by Confederate troops. This left the Michigan 4th's flank unprotected. As the 4th Michigan advanced the color bearer shouts out "Colonel I'll be damned if I don't think we are faced in the wrong way! The rebs are up there in the woods behind us, on the right!" The Confederate infantry attacked. The 4th Michigan pivoted rearward folding on it's center to address this new threat. The 4th Michigan upon having to defend itself on two fronts had to retreat. As they were leaving the field the color bearer dropped the colors and ran from the field. The 4th Michigan's standard was captured. Colonel Harrison Jeffords seeing this rallied his remaining troops and rushed to save the colors. Colonel Jeffords was bayoneted by a Confederate infantryman as he reclaimed the 4th's flag. Colonel Harrison Jeffords died of his wound on July 3, 1863. Colonel Jeffords, a 26 year old attorney from Dexter, Michigan, was the only officer to be bayoneted on either side during the Civil War. His words as he was bayoneted were " Mother, Mother , Mother". After fierce fighting the 4th lost it's colors. This valiant attempt to save the flag stemmed the tide of the Confederate attack allowing the Union forces to effect a solid defense behind the "Wheatfield." This saved the day for the Army of the Potomac.
Senate OKs Roads Package With Help From Calley
It took more than seven hours, but the Senate eked out passage Wednesday of a road funding package that includes a tax increase, pumping more money from the General Fund into roads and a potential income tax cut despite sharp opposition from Democrats and one-third of the majority Republican caucus.
Nofs Energy Plan Puts New Requirements On Competing Utilities
Ten percent of the electricity market would remain set aside for alternative electric suppliers to the big utilities, but those suppliers would have to meet new requirements and new regulations would be placed on those customers under the energy legislation introduced Wednesday by Sen. Mike Nofs and Sen. John Proos.
Groups Concerned About GF Redirection To Roads
Various groups in Lansing opposed to shifting $700 million from the General Fund to roads - because of the risk it puts on various programming including revenue sharing, education and health care - have no plans, yet, to join forces in fighting the move, but they are starting to speak up.
Board Finds Likely Financial Stress In Wayne County
Wayne County Executive Warren Evans came a step closer on Wednesday to his wish of a consent agreement to resolve some of the county's debt.
Jones, Johnson Spar Over Juneteenth Resolution
A resolution to recognize a day in June that has already passed as Juneteenth, the day slaves learned of the Emancipation Proclamation, generated a controversy that put two senators in a media back-and-forth throughout a lengthy session day on Wednesday.
Committee Exploring Sentencing, Parole Freedom Limits For Coming Reforms
As the Criminal Justice Policy Committee develops its recommendations to improve the state's sentencing and parole practices, a key discussion will be how much of those reforms to put in statute, members said in outlining discussions for future meetings.
Poll: Public Supports Extending Civil Rights Act To LGBT Community
Some 68 percent of Michigan voters say they would support legislation prohibiting someone from being fired or denied housing because he or she is gay, lesbian or transgender, a poll released Wednesday shows.
Courser: With Marriage Ruling 'We Are Living In The Last Days'
Rep. Todd Courser in an email to supporters said the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage is an "absolute tragedy for our nation and its future," and urged them to promote his bills permitting only clergy to perform wedding ceremonies.
Poll Gives Very Early Snapshot On 2018 Governor Race
There are no candidates, and the 2016 election cycle is just beginning, but the polling firm Public Policy Polling already is testing out potential gubernatorial match-ups in 2018.
Senate Panel Ups Regulations On Certain Solicitations
After a constituent complained to Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. about paying an exorbitant amount of money for a deed, the then-Ingham County Register of Deeds discovered what some would consider a scam targeting elderly or vulnerable people, and said he knew something had to be done about it.
Study: Lack Of Unions, University Backing Boost Charter Support
Michigan residents were most likely to change their opinions about charter schools when they heard few of the teachers there belong to unions and most are backed by state universities, a Michigan State University study released recently showed.
Supreme Court Declines To Hear Appeal On Ambassador Bridge Gateway Project
The Supreme Court let stand a Court of Appeals ruling holding that the owner of the Ambassador Bridge, the Detroit International Bridge Company, owed the Department of Transportation $3.03 million in remaining contractual damages related to its handling of the Gateway project to link the bridge to nearby freeways.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #54, Report 129, July 1, 2015. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library. For assistance in accessing the database, stop by the MSU Library Reference Desk.
|<< <||> >>|