1837 LIBERTY SEATED 10C, NO STARS, LARGE DATE MS66+
LARGE DATE. SATIN GEM SURFACES WITH LIGHT IRIDESCENT TONE.
Michigan, home to Henry Ford’s ingenious assembly line and over eleven thousand surface lakes, experienced a relatively difficult time being accepted in to the Union. The territory had submitted its application for admittance late in 1834, but the state was not officially accepted until 1837. Most of its problems stemmed from an old quarrel with Ohio, which had been a state since 1803. Since its statehood recognition, the territory and state had battled over approximately four hundred and sixty-square miles of land that surrounded Ohio’s future city, Toledo. When territories had been sussed out in 1787, Michigan had been given much of the land that surrounded Ohio’s future city by the Northwest Ordinance- which was reaffirmed by Congress in 1805. Still, Ohio claimed that land for itself after the Ordinance but before congressional affirmation. In Michigan’s letter they included proposed borders that Ohio did not approve of, so again this issue was brought up once again. After hearing about the issue, President Jackson suggested congress handle the problem to avoid conflict; this was foolish since Michigan (a territory) was not represented in congress while Ohio was. As a result Michigan’s application was shot down immediately. Instead they were offered a huge chunk of the newly established Wisconsin territory that included twenty-two thousand acres of natural resources. Congress added this “bribe” to their proposal but this only outraged the public since they had set their desires on the flat land that surrounded Toledo. In the following years several conventions were held to draft a new application which was finally accepted- with some of the land surrounding Toledo going to Michigan- on January 26, 1837.