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Federal Failures: The Ohio-Michigan Boundary Dispute

by Badenhop, Stephen W.

Abstract (Summary)
The Ohio-Michigan boundary dispute, that reached a climactic point in the mid 1830s, was the product of congressional neglect and oversight. Congress through the establishment of the Northwest Ordinance, with its inflexible boundary lines, and the formation of the State of Ohio and the Michigan Territory, with an undefined boundary between the two, created a bitter jurisdictional boundary dispute between Ohio and Michigan. For over thirty years Congress failed to correct this terrible mistake while Ohio and Michigan continually pleaded for a resolution. The resulting "Toledo War," where Ohio and Michigan sought to remedy the boundary problem themselves through force, was the fruits of this congressional disregard. Only presidential intervention prevented bloodshed and the continuing threat of armed conflict finally forced Congress to address the issue. This longstanding failure of Congress to intercede, mediate and resolve the controversy almost resulted in an interstate war; the results of which can be firmly placed in the hands of Congress.
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School:Bowling Green State University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:ohio michigan boundary dispute andrew jackson robert lucas stevens mason northwest ordinance territorial system

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Date of Publication:01/01/2008

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