1835 : Michigan Legislature Convenes for First Time

November 2, 2020 all-day

The first session of the state Legislature met Nov. 2, 1835, in Detroit.

During that noon meeting, officials chose a secretary of state, a speaker of the House and Michigan’s two U.S. senators.

The date was set when the state constitution was written six months earlier.

It would be another 12 years before what was then Lansing Township replaced Detroit as the seat of state government. (“Township” was dropped from the municipality’s name in 1848.)

The first Michigan Legislature was comprised of 48 representatives and 16 senators, according to Michigan History Magazine.

Today, the state House has 110 members, the state Senate 38.

Source : Zlati Meyer, This Week in Michigan History, Detroit Free Press, November 2, 2008, B.4.

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