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.
|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|
George Wilcken Romney
July 8, 1907
Colonia Dublán, Galeana, Chihuahua, Mexico
|Died||July 26, 1995 (aged 88)|
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
|Resting place||Fairview Cemetery Brighton, Michigan|
|Spouse(s)||Lenore Romney (1931-1995)|
|Children||Lynn Keenan, Jane Romney, G. Scott Romney, Mitt Romney|
|Profession||Automobile industrialist |
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.
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 childrenEdit
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.
- Dobner, Jennifer; Johnson, Glen (February 24, 2007). "Polygamy Prominent in GOP Presidential Hopeful Mitt Romney's Family Tree". Fox News. Associated Press.
- Compton, Todd (May, 2012). "Mitt Romney's Polygamous Heritage". Check date values in:
Media related to George W. Romney at Wikimedia Commons
- Boston Globe Magazine, Lessons of the Father
- Video of George W. Romney defending his success, NBC, 1967
- George Romney photo essay