This collection contains account books and a few miscellaneous papers of Lucius Lyon and his family. These account books provide a relatively complete record of Lucius Lyon's business transactions from 1835-1855. The collection includes an 1850 almanac/diary that chronicles its owner's surveying projects for that year, a Michigan Senate rulebook, and other personal materials are also present. Also included is a record of Kent plats beginning in 1839. Lyon was born in Vermont in 1800. He had a long history of service and experience when he was elected a delegate to Congress for the territory of Michigan in 1832. He was instrumental in Michigan's constitution, the Toledo Line dispute with Ohio as well as the paramount addition of the Upper Peninsula to Michigan's territory. He became a senator in 1837 and served until 1839. He moved to Grand Rapids at the end of his time in office. He was elected again in 1842 to the U.S. Congress as a Democrat from Grand Rapids and served one term. Lyon never married.
A full listing of the contents of this collection can be found in the Finding Aid that is attached to the media section of this catalog entry.