1802: Detroit Incorporated As Michigan’s First City

January 18, 2018 all-day

On January 18, 1802, Territorial Governor Arthur St. Clair and the legislature of the Northwest Territory in Chillicothe, Ohio approved the charter incorporating the town of Detroit. Government was to be administered by a five-person board of trustees, and there was no office of mayor. It had a population of approximately 500 people at the time, and there were approximately 300 buildings already erected.

Sources :

Detroit Historical Society Facebook Page

Historical Society of Michigan

Source : Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.