On this day, Governor Alpheus Felch signed a bill outlawing capital punishment, making Michigan the first government in the English-speaking world to do so. Furthermore, it was also banned in the state Constitution in 1964.
Michigan Every Day
Eugene G. Wanger, “Michigan and Capital Punishment”, Michigan Bar Journal, September 2002, pp.38-41.
Barton Deiters, “Why has Michigan opposed the death penalty for more than 150 years?”, MLive, April 17, 2012.