The lovely county of Lapeer was officially a county February 2nd, 1835 after Governor Lewis Cass set it’s boundaries in September 18th, 1822. The first elections were held just two years later in 1837, thought only 520 people voted in them. Interestingly enough Lapeer Country before Governor Lewis Cass’s intervention it was part of the Northwest Territory.
Lapeer’s name derived from a branch coming off of the Flint River. The part of the Flint River that runs through Lapeer is a rocky bed that Indians and French traders would pass over frequently. Lapeer was named after a rock that lay at the bottom of the rocky bed stretch in the river. In French the translation of the stone came out as “LePierre”, but after being translated it turned into Lapeer.
“Michigan: Lapeer County.” Last modified July 22, 2014. http://everycounty.org/2014/07/22/michigan-lapeer-county/
“History of Michigan.” City of Lapeer Michigan. Last modified 2015. http://www.ci.lapeer.mi.us/history1.php