Title: Hon. 1
Name: Solomon SIBLEY 1
Change Date: 10 OCT 2008
Birth: 07 OCT 1769 in Sutton, Worcester Co, Massachusetts 1
Death: 04 APR 1846 in Detroit, Wayne Co, Michigan 1
Note: He graduated from Rhode Island College (now Brown University) at Providence in 1794.
Note BET DEC 1798 AND JAN 1799
Note: In December, 1798, Detroit elected a delegate to the legislature of the Northwest Territory. This, the first election in Michigan under United States control, was held in a Detroit tavern. Although Sibley was elected, his opponent, James May, claimed he had won by providing liquor for the voters. Despite the protestation, Sibley represented Wayne County in the first legislature of the Northwest Territory, commencing his term in January 1799.
Milit_Serv AUG 1812
Note: During the War of 1812, Sibley commanded a company of riflemen in defense of Detroit, though the British attack was successful and William Hull surrendered the fort.
Occupation: From 1827 until 1837, when he had to resign due to deafness, Sibley was Chief Justice of the Michigan Territorial Supreme Court BET 1827 AND 1837 2
Epitaph APR 1846
Note: Upon his death, many members of the Bar wore a badge of mourning for 30 days.
Occupation: He studied law, was admitted to the Bar in 1795 and began a practice in Marietta, Ohio, which was then part of the Northwest Territory. 1795 2
Occupation: He moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1797, shortly after the British handed over the fort in 1796. When he arrived, Sibley was one of only two lawyers in Detroit. Being a pioneer lawyer was a physically challenging profession, often requiring long travel by horseback through wilderness over Indian trails in all types of weather to attend the territorial courts in Cincinnati, Marietta, or Chillicothe, Ohio. 1797 2
Note: Sibley was instrumental in passing the legislation in 1802 by which Detroit was incorporated as a town.
Occupation: Sibley was elected first as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and then under the first city charter of 1806 as the first mayor of Detroit. 1806 2
Occupation: Sibley served as Auditor of Public Accounts for the Michigan Territory from 1814 to 1817. BET 1814 AND 1817 2
Occupation: Sibley was appointed as the first United States Attorney for the Michigan Territory by U.S. President James Madison, serving from 1815 to 1823. BET 1815 AND 1823 2
Occupation: When William Woodbridge resigned on August 9, 1820 as territorial Delegate to the 16th United States Congress, Sibley was elected to fill the vacancy. Sibley won re-election to the 17th Congress, serving in total from November 20, 1820 to March 3, 1823. Sibley continued to serve as U.S. Attorney, and thus held concurrent legislative and executive positions. BET 20 NOV 1820 AND 03 MAR 1823 2
Note 29 AUG 1821
Note: Sibley was commissioned, along with Lewis Cass, to negotiate the August 29, 1821, Treaty of Chicago with the Ottawa, Potawatomi, and Chippewa, in which the tribes ceded most of their territory south of the Grand River.
Note: Sibley was not a candidate for re-election to Congress in 1822.
Occupation: In 1824, he was appointed as one of three justices on the Michigan Territorial Supreme Court by U.S. President James Monroe, becoming the sixth Territorial Justice. 1824 2|
Sarah Whipple SPROAT b: 28 JAN 1782
10 OCT 1802
in Marietta, Washington Co, Ohio 1
- Henry Hastings SIBLEY b: 20 FEB 1811 in Detroit, Wayne Co, Michigan Territory
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