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The Detroit Board of Trade proposes hosting a Commercial Convention of nationwide business interests

Detroit, Michigan and Surrounding Area, 1857
The Detroit Board of Trade issued an invitation to the Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce of United States and Canada to attend a Convention it intended to host in the city.  The object for this unprecendented call was the discussion of the commercial development of the continent at what was considered a critical juncture. Many took up the invitation and the "Commercial Convention" was held betweem July 11 and July 14, 1865 in Detroit.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Commercial Convention, Proceedings of the Commercial Convention, held in Detroit, July 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th, 1865 : published by order of the Convention (Detroit, MI: Detroit Advertiser and Tribune Company, 1865), 4-6.