On This Day In 1962: Michigan's Romney Announces For Governor : It's All Politics Forty-seven years ago today, George Romney of Michigan declared his candidacy for governor. The president of American Motors, Romney would win the first of three terms before making an unsuccessful bid for president in 1968.
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On This Day In 1962: Michigan's Romney Announces For Governor

Feb. 10, 1962:

Romney for governor campaign button.

George Romney, the president of American Motors, announced his candidacy for governor of Michigan. Romney, a Republican, would defeat Gov. John Swainson (D) in November.

Romney went on to win easy re-elections in 1964 and 1966, the latter for a four-year term. He sought the GOP presidential nomination in 1968, but a remark about being "brainwashed" by the Pentagon over Vietnam policy would haunt him, and he would be out of the race by the end of February, a couple of weeks before the New Hampshire primary.

Richard Nixon, the Republican who would go on to win the presidency that year, picked Romney as secretary of housing and urban development. He stayed in that post until shortly after Nixon began his second term.

Romney died in 1995 at the age of 88. His son, Mitt, served one term as governor of Massachusetts and sought the GOP presidential nomination last year.

NOTE: We were unable to completely identify all the candidates on that Utah button we used in yesterday's "this day" feature. We knew about Sen. Reed Smoot and Rep. Elmer Leatherwood but couldn't identify "Hansen." We got this note from Ron Merlo of Glendale, Calif.:

Elias Hansen was a justice on the Utah Supreme Court from 1927 to 1937 (and chief justice the last two years). Assuming the office was elective in 1926 (when Smoot ran for senator and Leatherwood for representative), he could be your unknown.

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