GEORGE W. ROMNEY - AUTOGRAPH 09/09/1965 CO-SIGNED BY: GOVERNOR SAMUEL GODDARD - HFSID 26659
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GEORGE ROMNEY and SAMUEL GODDARD
The two prominent political party leaders - one Republican and one Democrat - signed opposite sides of this sheet that features black and white newspaper photographs of both of them
Signatures: "George Romney/Lansing, Michigan" and on verso "Sam Goddard - Governor of Arizona/9-9-65", 6¾x9¼ album leaf. Magazine photo of Romney (b/w, 2½x3½) and newspaper photo of Goddard (b/w, 1¾x3½) affixed below their respective signatures. Chairman and President of American Motors Corporation from 1954-1962, George Romney (1907-1995) is a former Republican politician who was also active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the automotive industry. After spending time as a missionary in the United Kingdom and as a lobbyist in Washington D.C., Romney and his family moved to Detroit, Michigan, in 1939 so that he could work for trade group the Automobile Manufacturers Association. This early managerial position that he earned in 1939 would serve him well in the booming wartime economy that was soon to follow. He eventually became the most prominent spokesperson for the automotive industry as a whole. Over the course of WWII, he spoke before the United States Congress numerous times concerning business issues. The Automotive Council for War Production which Romney foundedgrew into an enormous support structure for the construction of American armed forces transportation needs. In 1954, Romney became President of the American Motors Corporation (AMC), a position he held until 1962. Romney, as leader of a smaller automotive company, constantly challenged the Big Three (Chrysler, GM, and Ford), making him a household name. He was named the Man of the Year in Industry by the Associated Press every year from 1958-1961. Romney resigned from AMC in 1962 to run for Governor of Michigan, which he won. His connections to the labor unions of Detroit as well as his generally moderate stances appealed to voters who otherwise would never consider voting for a Republican. As Governor from 1963-1969, Romney instituted a state income tax and was a huge national supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. After Richard Nixon beat him for the Republican nomination for the Presidency and then won the Oval Office in 1968, Romney was appointed to be theSecretary of Housing and Urban Development(1969-1973). Mitt Romney, George Romney's son, served as Governor of Massachusetts and was the Republican nominee for President in 2012. Samuel P. Goddard (1919-2006), a Democrat, was Governor of Arizona from 1965-1967. As a young man, Goddard earned the rank of colonel due to his service overseas in WWII. Despite only holding office for one term, he remained a fixture as a member of the Democratic National Committee and chairman of the Arizona Democratic State Committee for many years. Irregular left edge where page was removed from a book. Ink numbers (unknown hand) in lower corners. Otherwise, fine condition.
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