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Capital: Lansing

State Nickname: Wolverine State

State Bird: Robin

State Flower: Apple Blossom

Admitted to the Union: January 26, 1837

Governors

November 3, 1835 to April 3, 1938:

Stevens T. Mason

April 3, 1938 to June 12, 1838:

Edward Mundy

January 7, 1840 to February 23, 1841:

William Woodbridge

February 23, 1841 To January 3, 1842:

James W. Gordon

January 3, 1842 to January 5, 1846:

John S. Barry

January 5, 1846 to March 3, 1847:

Alpheus Felch

March 3, 1847 to January 3, 1848:

William L. Greenly

January 3, 1848 to January 7, 1850:

Epaphroditus Ransom

January 7, 1850 to January 1, 1851:

John S. Barry

January 1, 1851 to March 7, 1853:

Robert McClelland

March 7, 1853 to January 3, 1855:

Andrew Parsons

January 3, 1855 to January 5, 1859:

Kinsley S. Bingham

January 5, 1859 to January 2, 1861:

Moses Wisner

January 2, 1861 to January 4, 1865:

Austin Blair

January 4, 1865 to January 6, 1869:

Henry H. Crapo

January 6, 1869 to January 1, 1873:

Jenry F. Baldwin

January 1, 1873 to January 3, 1877:

John J. Bagley

January 3, 1877 to January 1, 1881:

Charles M. Croswell

January 1, 1881 to January 1, 1883:

David H. Jerome

January 1, 1883 to January 1, 1885:

Josiah W. Begole

January 1, 1885 to January 1, 1887:

Russll A. Alger

January 7, 1887 to January 1, 1891:

Cyrus G. Luce

January 1, 1891 to January 1, 1893:

Edward B. Winans

January 1, 1893 to January 1, 1897:

John T. Rich

January 1, 1897 to January 1, 1901:

Hazen S. Pingree

January 1, 1901 to January 1, 1905:

Aaron T. Bliss

January 1, 1905 to January 1, 1911:

Fred M. Warner

January 1, 1911 to January 1, 1913:

Chase S. Osborn

January 1, 1913 to January 1, 1917:

Woodbridge N. Ferris

January 1, 1917 to January 1, 1921:

Albert E. Sleeper

January 1, 1921 to January 1, 1927:

Alexander J. Groesbeck

January 1, 1927 to January 1, 1931:

Fred W. Green

January 1, 1931 to January 1, 1933:

Wilber M. Brucker

January 1, 1933 to January 1, 1935:

William A. Comstock

January 1, 1935 to January 1, 1937:

Frank D. Fitzgerald

January 1, 1937 to January 1, 1939:

Frank Murphy

January 1, 1939 to March 16, 1939:

Frank D. Fitzgerald*
*Died in office

March 16, 1939 to January 1, 1941:

Luren D. Dickinson

January 1, 1941 to January 1, 1943:

Murray D. Van Wagoner

January 1, 1943 to January 1, 1947:

Henry F. Kelly

January 1, 1947 to January 1, 1949:

Kim Sigler

January 1, 1949 to January 1, 1961:

G. Mennen Williams

January 1, 1961 to January 1, 1963:

John B. Swainson

January 1, 1963 to January 22, 1969:

George Romney*
*Resigned

January 22, 1969 to January 1, 1983:

William G. Milliken

January 1, 1983 to January 1, 1991:

James J. Blanchard

January 1, 1991 to January 1, 2003:

John Engler

January 1, 2003

Jennifer Granholm

 
Senators - Class I

January 26, 1837 March 4, 1839

Lucius Lyon

January 20, 1840 March 4, 1845

Augustus Seymour Porter

March 4, 1845 May 29, 1848

Lewis Cass * Resigned office

June 8, 1848 March 4, 1849

Thomas Fitzgerald

March 4, 1849 March 4, 1857

Lewis Cass

March 4, 1857 March 4, 1875

Zachariah Chandler

March 4, 1875 February 10, 1879

Isaac Peckham Christiancy

February 22, 1879 November 1, 1879

Zachariah Chandler * Died in office

November 17, 1879 March 4, 1881

Henry Porter Baldwin

March 4, 1881 March 4, 1887

Omar Dwight Conger

March 4, 1887 April 30, 1894

Francis Brown Stockbridge * Died in office

May 5, 1894 January 14, 1895

John Patton, Jr.

January 24, 1895 March 4, 1911

Julius Caesar Burrows

March 4, 1911 March 4, 1923

Charles Elroy Townsend

March 4, 1923 March 23, 1928

Woodbridge Nathan Ferris * Died in office

March 31, 1928 April 18, 1951

Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg * Died in office

April 23, 1951 November 4, 1952

Blair Moody

November 5, 1952 January 3, 1959

Charles Edward Potter

January 3, 1959 December 26, 1976

Philip Hart

December 30, 1976 January 3, 1995

Donald Wayne Riegle Jr.

January 3, 1995 January 3, 2001

Spencer Abraham

January 3, 2001

Debbie Stabenow

 
Senators - Class II

January 26, 1837 March 4, 1841

John Norvell

March 4, 1841 March 4, 1847

William Woodbridge

March 4, 1847 March 4, 1853

Alpheus Felch

March 4, 1853 March 4, 1859

Charles Edward Stuart

March 4, 1859 October 5, 1861

Kinsley Scott Bingham

January 17, 1862 March 4, 1871

Jacob Merritt Howard

March 4, 1871 March 4, 1883

Thomas White Ferry

March 4, 1883 March 4, 1889

Thomas Witherell Palmer

March 4, 1889 August 10, 1902

James McMillan * Died in office

September 27, 1902 January 24, 1907

Russell Alexander Alger * Died in office

February 9, 1907 March 4, 1919

William Alden Smith

March 4, 1889 August 10, 1902

Truman Handy Newberry

November 29, 1922 October 22, 1936

James Joseph Couzens

November 19, 1936 January 3, 1943

Prentiss Marsh Brown

January 3, 1943 January 3, 1955

Homer Samuel Ferguson

January 3, 1955 April 30, 1966

Patrick Vincent McNamara

May 11, 1966 January 3, 1979

Robert Paul Griffin

January 3, 1979

Carl Levin

 
State Song
Michigan My Michigan

Written by: William Otto Miessner & Douglas M. Malloch
To the tune of Oh Christmas Tree

A song to thee, fair State of mine,
Michigan, my Michigan;
But greater song than this is thine,
Michigan, my Michigan;
The whisper of the forest tree,
The thunder of the inland sea;
Unite in one grand symphony
Of Michigan, my Michigan.

I sing a State of all the best,
Michigan, my Michigan;
I sing a State with riches blest,
Michigan, my Michigan;
Thy mines unmask a hidden store,
But richer thy historic lore,
More great the love thy builders bore,
Oh, Michigan, my Michigan.

How fair the bosom of thy lakes,
Michigan, my Michigan;
What melody each river makes;
Michigan, my Michigan;
As to thy lakes the rivers tend,
Thy exiled children to thee send
Devotion that shall never end,
Oh, Michigan, my Michigan.

Thou rich in wealth makes a State,
Michigan, my Michigan;
Thou great in things that make us great,
Michigan, my Michigan;
Out loyal voices sound thy claim
Upon the golden roll of fame
Our loyal hands shall write the name
Of Michigan, my Michigan.


Click Left Triangle to Play Melody
State Population

1830: 31,639

1840: 212,267

1850: 397,654

1860: 749,104

1870: 1,184,059

1880: 1,636,937

1890: 2,093,889

1900: 2,420,982

1910: 2,810,173

1920: 3,668,412

1930: 4,842,325

1940: 5,256,106

1950: 6,371,766

1960: 7,823,194

1970: 8,881,826

1980: 9,262,078

1990: 9,295,297

2000: 9,938,480


State Capitol Building 1907