Today in Michigan History

June 17, 1866

Lewis Cass died in Detroit.

Born in New Hampshire and raised in Ohio, Lewis Cass arrived in the Michigan Territory to help fight the British in late summer 1812. In 1813, he was appointed territorial governor—a position he retained until 1831 when President Andrew Jackson appointed him secretary of war. In 1848, Cass served the Democratic party as its presidential candidate, but he lost to Zachary Taylor. Besides appointments as ambassador to France and secretary of state (under President James Buchanan), Cass served Michigan in the U.S. Senate until 1857 when Republicans took control of Michigan politics.

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Today in Michigan History

October 29, 1813

Lewis Cass was appointed territorial governor.

A native of New Hampshire, who later moved to Ohio, Cass was rewarded for earlier service in the War of 1812, when President James Madison appointed him governor of the Michigan Territory. Cass spent eighteen years as governor before he went to Washington, DC to serve as President Andrew Jackson’s secretary of war.

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