HC370. Albert Sleeper State Park - Albert Sleeper

 

Albert Sleeper was Governor of Michigan (1916-1920) and signed the State Park Act creating the State Parks System.

Albert E. Sleeper (1862-1934) was the 29th governor (Republican) of Michigan who served from 1917 to 1921. Albert E. Sleeper was born in Bradford, Vermont, December 31, 1862. He came to Lexington, MI (Sanilac County) in 1884. After several years, Sleeper entered the banking business and became director in the banks at Yale, Bad Axe, Marlette, Ubly, Applegate, and Lexington. In 1901, he married Mary C. Moore, and moved to Bad Axe. He was elected senator of the 20th district from 1901-04 and elected Michigan’s state treasurer in 1910. In 1916, Albert Sleep was elected governor of Michigan in 1916 and reelected in 1918. During his term as governor he created the first permanent state police force, issued the first driver's license. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment was his signing of the State Parks Act, creating the State Parks system.

Albert Sleeper State Park was originally opened as a county park in 1925. In 1927 the state acquired the property and called it Huron State Park. In 1944, the park was renamed in honor of Albert E. Sleeper. Albert E. Sleeper State Park comprises 723 acres of forest, wetlands and sandy beach and dunes. The beach/day use area is open from 8am to 10pm daily. The state park campground has 280 modern campsites. There is an electrical outlet, firepit, and picnic table for each site. Three toilet/shower buildings have flush toilets and hot water showers. There is parking near the beach area.