|3rd United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development|
January 22, 1969 – January 20, 1973
|Preceded by||Robert Coldwell Wood|
|Succeeded by||James Thomas Lynn|
|43rd Governor of Michigan|
January 1, 1963 – January 22, 1969
|Preceded by||John Swainson|
|Succeeded by||William Milliken|
|Born||George Wilcken Romney
July 8, 1907
Colonia Dublán, Galeana, Chihuahua, Mexico
|Died||July 26, 1995
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Fairview CemeteryBrighton, Michigan
|Spouse(s)||Lenore Romney (1931-1995)|
|Children||Lynn Keenan, Jane Romney, G. Scott Romney, Mitt Romney|
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)|
George Wilcken Romney (July 8, 1907 – July 26, 1995) was a Mexican-born American businessman and Republican Party politician. He was chairman and president of American Motors Corporation from 1954 to 1962, the 43rd Governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969, and the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1969 to 1973.
He is the father of former Governor of Massachusetts and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and was the husband of former Michigan U.S. Senate candidate Lenore Romney. In 1968, he ran for president, but lost to Richard Nixon.
Biography[change | change source]
Romney was born to American parents living in Colonia Dublán, Galeana, Chihuahua, Mexico on July 8, 1907. The events during the Mexican Revolution forced his family to flee back to the United States when he was a child. The family lived in several states and ended up in Salt Lake City, Utah, where they struggled during the Great Depression. Romney worked in a number of jobs, served as a Mormon missionary in England and Scotland, and attended several colleges in the U.S. but did not graduate from any. In 1939 he moved to Detroit, Michigan.
Marriage and children[change | change source]
On July 2, 1931, he married Lenore Romney. They would later have four children, Lynn Romney, Jane Romney, Mitt Romney, and G. Scott Romney. His granddaughter from Scott Romney, Ronna Romney McDaniel, is the current chairwoman of the Republican National Committee.
Death[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Dobner, Jennifer; Johnson, Glen (February 24, 2007). "Polygamy Prominent in GOP Presidential Hopeful Mitt Romney's Family Tree". Associated Press. Fox News. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,254362,00.html.
- Compton, Todd (May, 2012). "Mitt Romney's Polygamous Heritage". http://toddmcompton.com/romney_plural_lives.htm.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Boston Globe Magazine, Lessons of the Father
- Video of George W. Romney defending his success, NBC, 1967
- George Romney photo essay