Runaway slaves Thorton Blackburn and Lucie escaped Kentucky, made their way to Michigan where they married and settled into a good life in Detroit. Unfortunately a visitor recognized Thorton and reported his presence to their former owners. Fugitive slave hunters arrived in Detroit and asked the sheriff to imprison the Blackburns until a court could determine whether the Blackburns were free or slaves. According to the Fugitive Slave Law of 1793, the Blackburns were determined to be runaways slaves and Michigan had to return them to their owners (June 15, 1833).
Nicknamed the "father of popular sovereignty", Lewis Cass was born in New Hampshire in 1782. He moved to Ohio as a child, and relocated to the Michigan Territory to help fight against the British in 1812. The following year he was appointed Territorial Governor. He remained in that position until 1831 when President Andrew Jackson named him secretary of war. In 1848, Cass was the Democrat's nominee for President of the United States, but he lost the election to Zachary Taylor. Later, Cass served as U.S. Ambassador to France, as Secretary of State under President James Buchanan, and as U.S.
On June 16, 1903, Henry Ford and 11 investors signed articles of incorporation for the Ford Motor Company in Michigan. After two earlier attempts at car making ventures, the Detroit Auto Company (which failed) and the Henry Ford Company (which Ford withdrew from and later became Cadillac), this third company became the number one auto manufacturer in the U.S. within three years.
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On June 16, 1866, Lewis Cass died at age 84.
Over his public life and career, Cass served as governor of the Michigan Territory, U.S. ambassador to France, Secretary of War under President Andrew Jackson, a U.S. Senator from Michigan, and Secretary of State under President James Buchanan.
President Andrew Johnson proclaimed a day of national mourning. Michigan and Detroit bells tolled. Lewis Cass was buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit. He asked for his favorite hymn to be sung at his funeral: “How Firm a Foundation.”
After the murder of Mormon leader Joseph Smith in 1844 in Illinois, most Mormons followed Brigham Young west to Utah. A few Mormons accepted the leadership of James Strang, a native New Yorker, and settled in Wisconsin. Looking for a more isolated environment, Strang and his followers were attracted to Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan. Strang's community grew rapidly and he crowned himself king in 1850.
Strang ran his kingdom with a strong hand and had quite a few enemies.
In a strange twist of fate, our university would not have been established were it not for our rival down the road. University of Michigan President Harry Tappan was intent on convincing the Michigan Legislature to act upon the state constitution, which called for an agricultural college to be established as a part of the University of Michigan, or as an autonomous institution. John C. Holmes, secretary of the Michigan State Agricultural Society, argued that young farmers would not receive the attention they needed in the already established school.
Governor Cass approved a resolution that formed the first Michigan territorial library committee.
Grosse Pointe Democrats trash gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar. Republican Congressional district chairman demands resignation of right-wing radio "shock-jock" who is head of Antrim Co. GOP.
Kemal Amin "Casey" Kasem (April 27, 1932 June 15, 2014) was an American disc jockey, radio personality and actor, best known for being the host of the music radio programs American Top 40, American Top 20, and American Top 10 from 1970 until his retirement in 2009, and for providing the voice of Norville "Shaggy" Rogers in the Scooby-Doo franchise from 1969 to 1997, and again from 2002 until 2009.