G Mennen Williams

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Birthday
23, 1911
Birthplace
Detroit, MI
Death Date
Feb 2, 1988 (76)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
23, 1911
Birthplace
Detroit, MI
Death Date
Feb 2, 1988 (76)

About

Governor of Michigan from 1949 to 1961 who became the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court and a Department of Justice official. With his 6'3' height and a polka-dotted bowties, he was instantly recognizable to Michigan voters and he also spent time as an ambassador to the Philippines and an Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

Before Fame

He served in the Navy, as an air combat intelligence officer in the South Pacific, during WW II.

Trivia

His 1969 book Africa for the Africans was about the emergence of modern Africa.

Family Life

He was born in Detroit, Michigan, his father a pickle manufacturer and a successful real estate broker.

Associated With

President John F. Kennedy appointed him the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, a post that he held for six years.