Strang soon decided to take the next step in solidifying his hold over his flock.
Many subsequently returned to the mainland, where they began spreading often-exaggerated rumors about the goings-on within Strang's domain and building a significant level of public interest in the settlement on Beaver Island.
After arriving at Beaver Island aboard the warship USS Michigan in May 1851, Bates hauled Strang back to Detroit to stand trial on the charges of treason, counterfeiting, and trespassing on government land.
Strang not only successfully defended himself against those charges but also managed to use the publicity that stemmed from the trial to increase his following and even land himself a seat in the Michigan House of Representatives in 1853.
When Strang took up his duties as a state representative, he appeared to be a dedicated and caring politician, winning over many who had once feared him and his flock.
On Beaver Island, however, Strang's "sagacity, good temper, apparent regard for the true interests of the people, and the obligations of his official oath" were far from evident.
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