Why Is Michigan Called “the Wolverine State” and How Did Michigan Get Its Nickname?

No one is sure why Michigan is called the Wolverine State.

One theory is that valuable wolverine pelts were often brought to local trading posts, but some authorities say that isn’t true because wolverines may have never lived in the area.

Wolverines are voracious animals, and one story goes that the Indians in the area called the early American settlers, who were taking over their lands by that name.

Another story says that during a dispute over a piece of land, people in Ohio called the people in Michigan that name.

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1 thought on “Why Is Michigan Called “the Wolverine State” and How Did Michigan Get Its Nickname?”

  1. During the battle if Gettysburg, the confederates were ordered to flank the union army. This squad was met by General Custards troops from Michigan and when the captain was reporting back to his commanding officer as to what happen to the flank he said they were met by these Michigan Wolverines. The nickname stuck and hence the nickname.
    The Toledo war nor the settler story is true.

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