1809: Michigan Territory Authorizes Local Taxes for Schools

February 26, 2023 all-day

On February 26, 1809, the Michigan territorial Gov. William Hull and the three judges of the Michigan Territory framed “an act concerning schools,” which allowed for the creation of local taxes of $2 to $4 per school child to support the territory’s poorer schools.

The session was held on a Sunday and was likely held in Richard Smyth’s tavern on Woodward Avenue near Woodbridge Street.

Source: History of Higher Education In Michigan; History of Detroit and Michigan