Hazen Pingree loses bid to be governor and mayor simultaneously
March 19 @ 12:00 am
On this day in 1897, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that popular politician and shoemaker, Hazen Pingree, could not serve both as mayor of Detroit and governor of Michigan. Pingree won both elections and was determined to serve in a dual capacity, but the court ruled unanimously that the roles were in conflict with one another and with the Michigan Constitution. He resigned as mayor of Detroit so he could serve in Lansing.