Today in Michigan History

November 17, 1829

David H. Jerome was born in Detroit.

A wealthy hardware and lumber businessman from Saginaw, Jerome was elected governor in 1880. He has the distinction of being Michigan’s first native-born governor. Jerome lost his reelection bid to Fusionist Josiah w. Begole, the candidate of the Democrats and the Greenbacks.

Thank you Michigan Start Pages for this glimpse into our past.  See more here.