Happy 185th "birthday", Michigan! Here are some interesting facts

The State of Michigan joined the United States union on this day, Jan. 26 in 1837. Dr. Bob Lorinser – Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress – celebrates Michigan’s history with a look at the meaning behind the official state seal and the coat of arms of the United States of America.

ROSCOMMON, Mich. – Present on both seals: "E Pluribus Unum," Latin for "one from many" or "one from many parts."


This is fitting and noteworthy throughout our campaign because I’m running for Congress to support all First District residents and all Americans (many-in-one) under unified citizenship based on shared ideals.


On our Nation’s Coat of Arms is an olive branch, and arrows of the Great Seal are symbols of the power of peace and war.


I agree with Secretary of Defense General Mattis’s assessment, "The more that we put into the State Department's diplomacy, hopefully, the less we have to put into a military budget."


Peace is not weakness. Peace is powerful. Diplomacy prevents hostilities and war, and is always preferable. However, our military should provide strength and be equipped to defend democracy when needed.


Michigan's state motto is on their seal “Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam, Circumspice," meaning, "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you."


My support of the environment, education, health care, and infrastructure to sustain a thriving economy will guarantee we will continue to live in a pleasant peninsula.


Finally, Michigan's "Tuebor" means "I Will Defend.”


I will support your right to vote and will defend our democracy.


Happy 185th, Michigan. Our history is fascinating. Read more below.


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History of Michigan


The history of human activity in Michigan, a U.S. state in the Great Lakes, began with the settlement of the western Great Lakes region by Native Americans perhaps as early as 11,000 BCE.

The Territory of Michigan was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from June 30, 1805 when the final extent of the territory was admitted to the Union as the State of Michigan. Detroit was the territorial capital.


Michigan became a state when it agreed to the boundaries dictated by Congress, giving up its claim to the Toledo Strip, and accepted the western portion of the Upper Peninsula.


The Wolverine State joined the union in 1837. Located in the center of the Great Lakes, Michigan is divided into two landmasses known as the Upper and Lower Peninsulas. The Mackinac Bridge, which connects Michigan’s upper peninsula to the rest of the state, spans five miles and is one of the world’s longest suspension bridges. Detroit, the state’s largest city, is the home of the American auto industry and is the birthplace of Motown Records.

  • Date of Statehood: January 26, 1837

  • Capital: Lansing

  • Population: 9,883,640 (2010)

  • Size: 96,713 square miles

  • Nickname(s): Wolverine State; Great Lakes State; Water Winter Wonderland

  • Motto: Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice (“If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you”)

  • Tree: White Pine

  • Flower: Apple Blossom

  • Bird: Robin

Interesting Facts (From History.com)

  • Although the Treaty of Paris granted the Northwest Territories to the United States in 1783, most of the settlers and Native American Indians living in Detroit favored the British, who continued to maintain control. It wasn’t until a coalition of Indigenous tribes, known as the Western Confederacy, lost the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1795 that the British finally evacuated in 1796 and the new United States took control.

  • In 1874, John Ward Westcott established a marine company to deliver destination and dock information to passing ships by sending messages up a rope on a pail. In 1948, the J.W. Westcott became an official mail boat of the U.S. Postal Service, and later acquired the world’s first floating postal zip code: 48222.

  • The first moving automobile assembly line began operations in Henry Ford’s Highland Park plant in 1913, reducing chassis assembly from 12 and one-half hours to 93 minutes within a year.

  • The five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge, linking the Upper and Lower peninsulas of Michigan across the Straits of Mackinac, took more than three years to complete and was the world’s longest suspension bridge between anchorages when it was first opened to traffic in 1957.

  • Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes, greater than 36,000 miles of streams, and 3,126 miles of shoreline along the Great Lakes.

  • The Great Lakes contain more than 80 percent of North America’s—and more than 20 percent of the world’s—surface freshwater supply.

  • Michigan borders four of the five Great Lakes: Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie.

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