Stevens T. Mason is a familiar name for anyone who knows their Michigan history. Mason, also known as the state’s so-called “boy governor," squeezed a lot of accomplishments in his 32 years. At the age of only 19, Mason became the secretary of the Michigan Territory in 1831. Just three years later, he became its governor, and led the process of Michigan becoming a state.
Don Faber, author of the book “The Boy Governor: Stevens T. Mason and the Birth of Michigan Politics,” explains Michigan's early beginnings.