It’s Not a Holiday – But It Should Be.
Think back to the kind of person you were at 19, 22, maybe 23 years old. What responsibilities did you you have? What had you accomplished in life? How had your life affected others?
Unless you were a child actor or pop-star, by your late teens / early twenties the extent of your accomplishments probably revolved around SAT scores or the leading role in your high schools presentation of “Anything Goes!”. And your responsibilities were probably limited to a cell phone bill or making it to an 8am Chem Lab.
Problems, challenges, adversity? Not quite yet.
Stevens T. Mason should make any late-teen / early-twenty something take stock of their life, their trials & tribulations.
At the ripe old age of 19 Mason was named Territorial Secretary of Michigan. At 22, he was appointed Territorial Governor. Mason was the driving force in gaining Michigan’s statehood. His tenacity cost him has job as appointed governor.
But the people of Michigan loved him and elected him Governor in 1835 after voters approved the Constitutional amendment to admit Michigan into the Union. But the feds wouldn’t approve the Great Lake State until a border dispute with Ohio was settled. Mason negotiated the land deal that gave Ohio the narrow Toledo Strip and Michigan received the mineral rich Western 2/3 of the Upper Peninsula – an arrangement that would benefit the industry of Detroit in the early 20th century.
All of this was complete before Mason turned 27.
Masons age, ambition, and drive earned him the nicknames “The Boy Governor”, “Young Hotspur”, and “The Stripling. We prefer to simply call him Governor.
Happy Birthday to one of Michigan’s greatest leaders.
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