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The county is named after Lewis Cass (1782-1866 ) who was the Territorial Governor of Michigan from 1813-31. In the 1820's white settlers occupied the Potawatomis territory. US-12 was once an Indian trail that crossed the state from Detroit in the east to Chicago in the west. the early settlers came from Berrien which included New Englanders, Southerners, and a large Black and Indian population. Although most Potawatomis were forced off their land, some Native Americans resisted, and in 1837 were able to purchase 1,000 acres of land in Silver Creek Township. Many descendants can still be found living there today. The Black population was aided by the Quakers who had left the South due to slavery. They helped slaves escape through the underground railroad. About 2 miles east of Cassopolis is The William Jones House, a station for the underground railroad.