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LOCAL HISTORY

 

 

Lansing is located in mid-Michigan along the Grand and Red Cedar Rivers.  The city was founded in 1835 by two brothers from New York, who named the area Biddle Town.  After returning to New York, the brothers sold plots of land to settlers ready to move west. 

Shortly after Michigan became the 26th state in 1837, the state constitution mandated the state capital be relocated from Detroit.  At that time, there was a threat of invasion from British-controlled Canada, and Detroitís proximity to Canada was a concern.  After much debate, the legislature agreed on the Lansing area for the new capital.  The state renamed the township after John Lansing, a New York patriot and one of the official delegates to the Constitutional Convention.

Lansing grew economically, thus providing many opportunities for the expanding population.  In 1855, the Michigan Agricultural College, the first land grant institution, was established.  The Agricultural College and the Michigan Female College eventually combined to become Michigan State University.  Other Lansing-based colleges and universities include: Cooley Law School, Davenport University, Great Lakes Christian College, and Lansing Community College.

Lansing-based General Motors Corporation was the largest supplier of goods during World War II.  Founded by R. E. Olds in 1897 as the Olds Motor Vehicle Company, GM produced airplanes, tanks, marine diesel engines, trucks, machine guns, and shells.  More than $12 billion worth of goods were delivered to the Allied forces from the Lansing plants.

(source: GMnext wiki))

http://history.gmheritagecenter.com/wiki/index.php/1942,_Production_Goes_to_War

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