Today in Michigan History

July 16, 1792

Michigan voters went to the polls for the first time.

Although Michigan became part of the U.S. in the 1783 Treaty of Paris, Great Britain refused to surrender its outposts at Detroit and Mackinac. As Canada was being organized, Detroiters went to the polls for the first time and elected three representatives (William Macomb, Francois Baby and David W. Smith) to serve in the Upper Canada (Ontario) Provincial Assembly.

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