The End Result

Frostbitten Convention

Frostbitten Convention ended the "war". It was called this because when the Michigan delegates met, it was very cold... hence the title Frostbitten. 

In September of 1836, the Michigan legislature at first denied the Presidents & Congresses offer to have admission to the Union at the expense of the Toledo Strip but would acquire the Upper Peninsula. But because of the perceived worthlessness of the Upper Peninsula, Michigan denied it at first. 

As the year went on, Michigan found themselves struggling due to having an economy of a state, but only being a territory. They didn't have the resources other states had and found themselves going downhill very quickly. The United States Government was about to give out a big surplus to the twenty-five states of the Union (but wouldn't go to territories). Michigan being broke needed this money, so on December 14th, 1836, Michigan signed the bill and ended the Toledo War. This bill was signed at the Frostbitten Convention (named after the very cold spell over Michigan at the time, and the controversial doing's to create this convention, and the Whig's did not want to agree to this agreement).

On January 26th, 1837, Michigan was admitted into the Union as the twenty-sixth state, without the Toledo strip. While Michigan was denied admission to the Union because of the Democrats playing politics, Michigan voted Whig in 1840. 

Governor Stevens T. Mason

Stevens T. Mason 

First Governor of Michigan (1835-1840)

When President Jackson removed Governor Stevens T. Mason from office, he was replaced with Governor Horner. Horner was disliked so much that when he entered the territorial capitol building, he was pelted by carrots (yeah, really!) 

October 1835, the Michigan voters voted "yes" on the new draft constitution and voted Governor Stevens T. Mason into the office where he served from 1835-1840. 

If it wasn't for the young Governor who stood up to the Federal Government and the state of Ohio, Michigan could've been severely taken advantage of. Mason was what Michiganders wanted in a Governor, was to fight for them even if it was against other settlers/Americans. Without Mason, Michigan could just be a mitten, with no upper peninsula, and possibly even less than that. Mason was also the youngest Governor to ever serve, and still holds that record today. His body is buried in a Detroit park under a statue of himself. 

The End Result