William G. Milliken

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William G. Milliken
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Governor of Michigan
In office
January 22, 1969 - January 1, 1983
PredecessorGeorge Romney (R)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 7, 1978
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
Michigan State Senate
Bachelor'sYale University (1946)
Military service
Service/branchUS Army Air Corps
BirthdayMarch 26, 1922
Place of birthTraverse City, Michigan
William Grawn Milliken (b. March 26, 1922, in Traverse City, Michigan) was the 44th Governor of Michigan. A Republican, he is the longest-serving governor in Michigan history, serving from 1969 to 1983.[1]


Before Governor Kim Sigler appointed Milliken to the Michigan Waterways Commission in 1947, Milliken was the president of J.W. Milliken, Inc., a department store started by Miliken's grandfather and run by his father.[1]


Milliken received a bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1946.[1]

Political Career

Governor of Michigan (1969-1982)

Milliken became Governor of Michigan on January 22, 1969 after former Governor George Romney left office to accept a cabinet post in the Nixon Administration. He was re-elected in 1970, 1974, and 1978.[1]

Lieutenant Governor of Michigan (1965-1969)

Milliken was elected to the office of Lieutenant Governor of Michigan in 1964, and held office from 1965-1969.[1]

Michigan State Senate (1961-1965)

Milliken was elected to the Michigan State Senate in 1960, where he became the Senate majority floor leader.[1]

See also

Governor of Michigan


Political offices
Preceded by
George Romney (R)
Governor of Michigan
1969 - 1983
Succeeded by
James J. Blanchard (D)