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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 representatives

Representative Party Tenure Congress(es) Note
District created January 26, 1837
Isaac E. Crary Democratic January 26, 1837 – March 3, 1841 24th
Jacob M. Howard Whig March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1843 27th Retired
District inactive
District re-established following the 1910 United States Census
Patrick H. Kelley Republican March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1915 63rd Redistricted to the 6th district
District inactive
District re-established following the 1960 United States Census
Neil Staebler Democratic January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1965 88th Retired in an unsuccessful run for Governor of Michigan
District eliminated




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