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Michigan

By. H. G. Wells

In the summer of 1835 the people of the Territory of Michigan under the sanction of the law, called eighty-nine of their fellow citizens to the city of Detroit, and there assembled in what was familiarly known as the old capitol building, they proceeded to prepare a constitution for a proposed state. John Biddle, well known to all the inhabitants of Wayne County, was chosen its president and discharged the duties of the position faithfully and well. I was honored as a novice, by the people of Kalamazoo County, with a seat in that body, but I well remember what seemed to me the strange admixture of men there congregated. The largest number originally from New York, quite a list born in Michigan, some from New England, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio and Indiana; possibly representatives from other states were with us. In fact in the early days, " out west," it was a difficult matter to know where some of us came from. All this was before " Bygones" was about with his note book, giving us an insight into the past. How well these men performed their task I may not say; it is history that the people ratified their action and the constitution there prepared was the fundamental law of Michigan until 1851.

BIOGRAPHICAL REMINISCENCES.


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