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Temperance, Michigan is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Bedford Township, southern Monroe County, in the southeast corner of the Lower Peninsula, near the Ohio line and Lake Erie.

As an unincorporated community in Michigan, Temperance has no legally defined borders, although it does have boundaries as a CDP, albeit solely for the benefit of the US census.

The main part of Temperance is in the area around the intersection of West Temperance Road and Lewis Avenue, although the CDP continues north along the railroad line to West Erie Road. With the railroad tracks forming its eastern boundary, it extends south to a waterway north of West Sterns Road, then further south along Lewis Avenue to Smith Road, west to Jackman Road, and north along Jackman Road to West Erie Road. Other routes leading to and from the CDP include Dean Road and Sterns Road.

Michigan cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Temperance include Luna Pier, Petersburg, Monroe, Maybee, Dundee, Blissfield, Deerfield, Carleton, and Britton, while the unincorporated communities of Samaria, Lambertville, Erie, Ottawa, Vienna, and Vienna Junction are within ten miles. The following Ohio cities and villages are within twenty-five miles of Temperance: Toledo, Ottawa Hills, Sylvania, Oregon, Northwood, Rossford, Harbor View, Perrysburg, Holland, and Maumee.

It is uncertain when European-Americans began settling the region, but a community by the name of Bedford Center was in existence by 1859.

Lewis Ansted and his wife, Marietta Hayden Ansted, a member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, owned a 140-acre farm, as well as other acreage in this part of Bedford Township. As they sold land to settlers coming into the area, a clause was included on the deeds to the lots they sold dictating that no liquor was to be used, made, or sold on the land. When the Ann Arbor Railroad obtained a right-of-way through the property, they also agreed to this provision.

In 1884, Mr. Ansted platted the village, and successfully petitioned for a post office to be established, and named Temperance, on December 8, 1884. Lewis Ansted served as the first postmaster. The community took the name Temperance.

Today, the Temperance post office serves most of Bedford Township outside of the Lambertville area, as well as parts of Erie Township, Ida Township, and Whiteford Township.

At the time of the 2020 census, Temperance had a population of 9,188.

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