Michigan's at-large congressional district

Michigan's at-large congressional district may refer to a few different occasions when a statewide at-large district was used for elections to the United States House of Representatives from Michigan.

Prior to Michigan's admittance as a state of the Union in 1837, congressional delegates for Michigan Territory were elected from Michigan Territory's at-large congressional district. The first elected U.S. representative from the state was elected October 5 and 6, 1835. However, due to Michigan's dispute with Ohio over the Toledo Strip, Congress refused to accept his credentials until it admitted Michigan to the Union as a state on January 26, 1837.

In 1912, Patrick H. Kelley was elected congressman at-large after Michigan gained one seat due to reapportionment following the 1910 census, but Michigan did not redraw its congressional districts until 1913.

In 1962, Neil Staebler was elected as an at-large candidate after the 1960 census indicated Michigan would gain a seat in the House of Representatives, but the 19th district had not been created at the time of the election.

List of members representing the districtEdit

Member Party Tenure Cong
Electoral history
District created January 26, 1837
Isaac E. Crary Democratic January 26, 1837 –
March 3, 1841
Elected in 1835.
[Data unknown/missing]
Jacob M. Howard
Whig March 4, 1841 –
March 3, 1843
27th [Data unknown/missing]
District inactive until after the 1910 United States Census.
Patrick H. Kelley
Republican March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
63rd [Data unknown/missing]
Redistricted to the 6th district.
Seat inactive until after the 1960 United States Census.
Neil Staebler
Democratic January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1965
88th [Data unknown/missing]
Retired to run for Governor of Michigan.
Seat eliminated


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  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present