G. Mennen Williams

Politician

1911 – 1988

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Who was G. Mennen Williams?

Gerhard Mennen "Soapy" Williams, was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. An heir to a personal grooming products fortune, he was known as "Soapy," and wore a trademark green bow tie with white polka dots.

A Democrat, Williams served for twelve years as the 41st Governor of Michigan and also served on the Michigan Supreme Court, where he later became Chief Justice. Williams' most notable accomplishment as governor was the construction of the Mackinac Bridge, which links Michigan's Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula. At the time, this was the "world's longest suspension bridge between anchorages."

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Born
Feb 23, 1911
Detroit
Also known as
  • "Soapy" Williams
  • Gerhard Mennen Williams
Religion
  • Episcopal Church
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Princeton University
  • University of Michigan
  • Salisbury School
  • University of Michigan Law School
Died
Feb 2, 1988
Detroit

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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