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THE MICHIGAN AND OHIO BOUNDARY LINE

BY FRANK E. ROBSON ESQ.

Early in 1835 "Governor Lucas, of Ohio, sent in to the legislature of that state a message asserting jurisdiction of the territory south of the mouth of the Maumee bay and urging legislation to possess and control it. " This action on the part of Ohio soon became known to the authorities of Michigan territory, and, as an attempt to forestall any further action on the part of Ohio, the legislative council on February 12, 1835, passed "An act to prevent the organization of a foreign jurisdiction within the limits of the territory of Michigan. " This act provided that any person who should accept or exercise any public office in any part of the territory, except by commission from the United States or from Michigan, should upon conviction be punished by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars, or imprisonment not exceeding five years, or both in the discretion of the court. These severe penalties did not frighten the legislature of Ohio to any great extent, for on February 23d "the Ohio legislature passed a series of acts and resolutions asserting jurisdiction over the land in question; declaring that measures should be taken by all the departments of the state government to establish it; " extending the counties of Wood, Henry, and Williams to Harris' line"; "and requiring all public officers to extend their authority over it. "
Both sides already had supporters among the inhabitants of the land in dispute, and the two parties were equally zealous in keeping their principals-advised of the situation. In March certain citizens of what was known as 1'ort Lawrence township, which then included the ground on which Toledo now stands, advised Governor Mason that they were apprehensive of trouble and perhaps a riot on the occasion of holding the township meeting in April.

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