George Romney

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George Wilcken Romney


President Richard M. Nixon
Preceded by Robert Coldwell Wood
Succeeded by James Thomas Lynn

In office
January 1, 1963 – January 22, 1969
Preceded by John Swainson
Succeeded by William Milliken

Born July 8, 1907
Colonia Dublán, Chihuahua, Mexico
Died July 26, 1995

(aged 88)
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Political party Unaffiliated before 1959
Republican (1959–1995)
Children Four, including Scott Romney and Mitt Romney
Alma mater Attended three colleges for brief periods but did not graduate
Occupation Businessman

Former president of American Motors (1954-1962)

Religion Mormon

George Wilcken Romney (July 8, 1907 – July 26, 1995) was a successful U.S. businessman, having chaired the American Motors Corporation. He was the 43rd Governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969 and served as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Richard Nixon from 1969 to 1973. Romney was a candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 1968.

As governor he sanctioned a personal and corporate income tax and promoted civil rights legislation. A Rockefeller Republican who in many ways resembled his son Mitt Romney, he dramatically expanded government spending from his predecessor. Upon leaving public life he founded the National Center for Voluntary Activity.