LYON, Lucius

LYON, Lucius
Detroit Public Library
1800–1851

Biography

LYON, Lucius, a Delegate, a Senator, and a Representative from Michigan; born in Shelburne, Chittenden County, Vt., February 26, 1800; attended the common schools; moved to Bronson, Mich., in 1821; became a land surveyor; elected as a Democrat Delegate to the Twenty-third Congress (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1835); served as a member of the convention which framed the State constitution in 1835; upon the admission of Michigan as a State into the Union was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from January 26, 1837, to March 3, 1839; was not a candidate for reelection; moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1839; member of the board of regents of the University of Michigan 1837-1839; appointed Indian commissioner at La Pointe, Wis., in 1839; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1844; appointed by President James K. Polk in 1845 surveyor general for Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, moving the office from Cincinnati to Detroit for his convenience, and serving in this capacity until 1850; died in Detroit, Mich., September 24, 1851; interment in Elmwood Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Allegan Public Library

Allegan, MI
Papers: Unknown quantity of correspondence received.

Central Michigan University
Clarke Historical Library

Mt. Pleasant, MI
Papers: 1835, 1843, 1848. 3 letters.

Detroit Public Library
Burton Historical Collection

Detroit, MI
Papers: 1830s-1840s. 1 volume and 2 wallets. In part photocopies of originals in William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan. Correspondence and survey notes relating to land booms and railroads in Michigan, boundary disputes in Ohio, the Chicago Treaty of 1833, location of the Wisconsin Territorial capital, the governorship of Michigan, and the cholera epidemic of 1834.

Grand Rapids Public Library

Grand Rapids, MI
Papers: 1828-1850. 38 items. Correspondence, maps, field notes, memorandum book, diary, account book, and legal documents.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 7 letters, photocopies (1833-1836); and correspondence in Charles Butler papers, 1819-1905.

Michigan State Archives

Lansing, MI
Papers: November 18, 1835. 1 item. Credentials presented to Congress in Michigan statehood documents, 1835.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division

Madison, WI
Papers: 1 microfilm reel of originals (1822-1846) in University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1826-1851. 72 items. Correspondence of Lucius Lyon, papers of other family members, genealogical records, and miscellaneous clippings.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Nathan M. Thomas papers, 1818-1889; Sidney Smith papers, 1826-1867; and Alpheus Felch papers, 1817-1896.

University of Michigan
William L. Clements Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1812-1852. 12 feet. Public and business correspondence including discussion of political campaigns and maneuverings, land speculation, and constituent requests for appointments and assistance. Finding aid.

University of Vermont
Bailey/Howe Library

Burlington, VT
Papers: Correspondence in Lucius Lyon papers, 1790-1845. Finding aid.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Dodge, Elise F. "Pioneers of the Statehood Era: Lucius Lyon."Michigan History 71 (November/December 1987): 39-40.

Shirigian, John. "Lucius Lyon: His Place in Michigan History." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Michigan, 1961.

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