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
Date of birthMarch 26, 1922
Place of birthTraverse City, Michigan
ReligionCongregational Protestant
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 won a full term in 1970 and was re-elected in 1974 and 1978.[1]

Lieutenant Governor of Michigan (1965-1969)

Milliken was elected to the office of Lieutenant Governor of Michigan on the ticket with Romney 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)