Cabinet counties

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Michigan with the Cabinet counties in red

The Cabinet counties are ten counties in the southern part of the U.S. state of Michigan named after President Andrew Jackson and people who served in his Cabinet. The Michigan Territorial legislature created twelve counties in 1829, naming eight of them after members of the recently elected Jackson's cabinet. Cass County was also created in 1829 and named for Lewis Cass, the Territorial Governor at the time. Cass later served in Jackson's Cabinet, making a case for it to be included as a cabinet county. Livingston County was created in 1833 and named for Edward Livingston, Jackson's Secretary of State at the time. The generally accepted reason that Michigan was attempting to curry favor with the Jackson Administration (by naming counties for them) is that this was during the Toledo War period and Michigan was hoping that the federal government would side with Michigan in its border war with Ohio over the Toledo Strip.

Coincidentally, it was Jackson who, as one of his last acts in office, signed the 1837 bill making Michigan the 26th state.

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