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Alexander Joseph Groesbeck

Gov. Alexander Joseph Groesbeck

  • January 1, 1921 - January 1, 1927
  • Republican
  • November 7, 1973
  • March 10, 1953
  • Michigan
  • University of Michigan


ALEXANDER J. GROESBECK, the thirtieth governor of Michigan, was born in Warren Township, Michigan on November 7, 1873. His early education was attained in the public schools of Michigan and Canada, and later at the University of Michigan, where he earned his law degree in 1893. After establishing a legal practice in Detroit, Groesbeck entered into politics. He served as the attorney general of Michigan from 1916 to 1921. Groesbeck next secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote on November 2, 1920. He was reelected to a second term in 1922, and to a third term in 1924. During his tenure, the state’s highway system was advanced; prison reform measures were sanctioned; an automobile title system was created; and state government was restructured and consolidated.  After completing his term, Groesbeck left office on January 1, 1927. He continued to stay politically active, securing an appointment as chairman of the Michigan Civil Service Commission, a position he held from 1941 to 1944.  Governor Alexander J. Groesbeck passed away on March 10, 1953, and was buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 2, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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