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Alexander J. Groesbeck
Michigan Governor 1921 - 1927

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Michigan has placed the stamp of her approval upon the public record of Alexander J. Groesbeck, having three times elected him to the office of chief executive. As governor of the State he made valuable contribution to the up-building and development of the commonwealth, his entire administration being characterized by a most progressive spirit.

Governor Groesbeck was born in Warren township, Macomb County, Michigan, November 7, 1873, his parents being Louis and Julia (Coquillard) Groesbeck. After attending the public schools of Mount Clemens he continued his education in the University of Michigan as a law student and won his LL. B. degree in 1893. The same year he was admitted to practice at the Michigan bar and made his initial step in a calling that has brought him to prominence and success. Working his way steadily upward, it was not long before he had gained a large and distinctively representative clientele and was acknowledged one of the strong and forceful members of the Michigan bar. His recognized ability led to his election to the office of attorney general of the State and in 1917 he entered upon a four-year term in that position, carrying him through the year 1920. He was then the choice of the Republican party for the nomination for governor, his election followed and twice he was re-elected, his incumbency continuing from 1921 until 1927. The history of the State bears evidence of what he accomplished as its chief executive. In the administration of the office he looked beyond the exigencies of the moment to the opportunities of the future and builded not only for the present but for the coming years. With his retirement he resumed the practice of law in Detroit and is a valued member of the Detroit, Michigan State and American Bar associations. He is also associated with many of the business enterprises in the city, being president of the Michigan Life Insurance Company, Stuart Foundry Company, Monroe Paper Products Company, as well as receiver of the Guardian Detroit Union Group, Inc., and trustee of the Detroit Harbor Terminals, Inc. He has his offices in the Dime Bank Building and his practice is of an extensive and important character.

Governor Groesbeck belongs to the Detroit Athletic Club and the Detroit Club. The prominent part which he has played in pub≠lic affairs has made him widely known throughout the State and the consensus of public opinion ranks him with the leading men who have had much to do with shaping Michiganís history

A Centennial History of the State and its People Edited by George N. Fuller Lewis Publishing Co 1939

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