The Territory of Michigan is created, with Detroit as the capital.
Detroit is completely destroyed by fire.
General William Hull becomes the first territorial governor.
Important commercial timbering begins, when sawmills are built on the St. Clair River to aid in rebuilding Detroit.
Governor and judges authorized to lay out new town of Detroit after fire had destroyed the settlement.
Bank of Detroit chartered by the governor and judges; Congress disapproves the act on March 3, 1807.
The Treaty of Detroit is signed by Chippewa, Ottawa, Wyandot, and Potawatomi tribes meeting with General Hull.
Duties paid to the United States on furs at Mackinac exceed $40,000.
American Fur Company founded by John Jacob Astor.
Michigan’s population is 31,639.
Fur trade reaches its peak; it's subsequent decline leaves some regions without commercial activity.
Michigan issues a railway charter to the Detroit & Pontiac Railway, the first incorporated railway in the limits of old Northwest Territory.
Detroit’s population is almost 10,000.
Michigan is admitted to the Union as a free state as Arkansas is admitted as a slave state.
The Panic of 1837 strikes Michigan.
Michigan experiences its first strike as journeymen carpenters parade through Detroit
Detroit elects Michigan’s first school board under state law.
The Grand Rapids furniture industry has its beginning.
Dr. Douglass Houghton, the first state geologist, reports on rich copper deposits of the Lake Superior region and makes cautious mention of the possibility of iron ore in
the Marquette district.
The Cliff Mine pays a dividend of $60,000, the first sum of this magnitude distributed in North America on copper investment.
Michigan’s manufactured goods are valued at more than $11,000,000. There are
558 sawmills operating in the state.
Bessemer steel is first manufactured in any appreciable amount in America, at Wyandotte.
The copper lode at Calumet is discovered. Michigan’s production of copper has for
17 years exceeded that of any other state (holds first place until 1887).
Ransom E. Olds brings out a practical four-wheeled, gasoline-powered auto in Lansing.
Henry Ford’s “quadricycle” is tested in Detroit.
Olds Motor Works in Detroit erects the first factory built in America for the manufacture of automobiles.
William C. Durant organizes General Motors Company as Ford introduces the most famous of the early cars, the Model T.
Henry Ford announces the adoption of a $5 minimum wage for an 8-hour day.
Michigan celebrates its centennial of statehood.
One-fifth of Michigan’s employables are without work; the state population has dropped 28 percent since the 1930 census.
The United Automobile Workers (UAW) is organized.
Auto plants are converted to the production of war materials and Michigan becomes
known as the “Arsenal of Democracy.”
American Motors Corporation is formed by the merger of Hudson Motor Car Company
and Nash-Kelvinator Corporation.
“Big Three” American automakers— General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler— report total
profits for year of $9.8 billion, a new high.
General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler report record earnings and auto sales.
Organized labor announces merger of U.A.W. with Steelworkers Union and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
Michigan’s unemployment rate drops below 3% for the first time since
Adapted from: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(hjzl5055php5na5511tcgozp)/documents/publications/manual/2003-2004/2003-mm-0003-0019-Chron.pdf.