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Gratiot County Michigan

Gratiot County

These facts having come to the knowledge of those particularly affected by this change, a consultation was had with the president and secretary of the board of canvassers, and as a result a further canvass was had and all the votes were counted and certificates of election issued to the officers receiving the majority vote of the people. This ended the first election and canvass of the county. An act had been passed by Congress, (known as the graduation act), reducing the price of land to fifty cents in Gratiot and Isabella counties to actual settlers, which greatly increased the sale of lands throughout this and other counties of the state where government land could be found. This act, however, resulted disastrously to the county. Before this the immigration was quite as great as the county could bear, but immediately on the reduction of the price of land every man who could raise forty or earn twenty dollars purchased eighty or forty acres.

Michigan Counties


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