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Calvin Britain (1800 – January 18, 1862) was a politician from the U. S. state of Michigan.

Britain was born in Jefferson County, New York and came to Michigan in 1827 and was the first settler in the town of St. Joseph. He laid out the village of St. Joseph, first known as Newberry. He acquired land in 1827 and 1829, which was surveyed by the government in 1830. He was also briefly connected with the Carey mission.

As a Democrat, Britain was a member of the Legislative Council of Michigan Territory from 1832 to 1835, Michigan Senate from 1835 to 1837, Michigan House of Representatives from 1847 to 1851, and member of the Constitutional Convention of 1850. Due to changes to the Michigan Constitution adopted at that convention, he was elected to a one-year term as Lieutenant Governor of Michigan with Governor Robert McClelland.

Britain never married and resided in St. Joseph until his death there in 1862. He is interred at Lakeview/City Cemetery of St. Joseph.


Political offices
Preceded by
William M. Fenton
Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
Succeeded by
Andrew Parsons


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