Thomas Read (politician)

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Thomas Read
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44th Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives
In office
January 1, 1919 December 31, 1920
Governor Albert E. Sleeper
Preceded by Wayne R. Rice
Succeeded by Fred L. Warner
Member of the MichiganHouseofRepresentatives
from the Oceana County district
In office
January 1, 1915 December 31, 1920
Succeeded byDaniel Rankin
36th and 40th Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
In office
January 1, 1935 January 1, 1937
Governor Frank D. Fitzgerald
Preceded by Allen E. Stebbins
Succeeded by Leo J. Nowicki
In office
January 1, 1921 January 1, 1925
Governor Alex J. Groesbeck
Preceded by Luren Dickinson
Succeeded by George W. Welsh
41st Michigan Attorney General
In office
January 1, 1939 January 1, 1941
Governor Frank Fitzgerald
Luren Dickinson
Preceded by Raymond Wesley Starr
Succeeded byHerbert J. Rushton
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 26th district
In office
January 1, 1927 December 31, 1928
Preceded byOrville E. Atwood
Succeeded byOrville E. Atwood
Personal details
Born(1881-05-28)May 28, 1881
Rochester, New York
DiedApril 7, 1962(1962-04-07) (aged 80)
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Political party Republican
Residence Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan

Thomas Read (May 28, 1881 – April 7, 1962) was a Republican politician from Michigan who served in the Michigan House of Representatives including as its Speaker during the 50th Legislature, as Lieutenant Governor of Michigan under Alex J. Groesbeck, as a member of the Michigan State Senate, and as Michigan Attorney General. [1]

Born in Rochester, New York of English and Scottish ancestry to Thomas and Jane Read on May 28, 1881, Read was either a candidate for or served in nearly all state-level offices in Michigan (he was never a candidate for or elected Secretary of State). He was a candidate in the primary for Governor of Michigan in 1924, losing to Alex J. Groesbeck, and 1940, losing to Luren Dickinson.

Read was a presidential elector for Michigan in 1928, casting a ballot for Herbert Hoover, and a delegate to the 1940 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia which nominated Wendell Willkie (who eventually lost to Franklin D. Roosevelt. Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg of Michigan was a candidate for the nomination at that convention.

Read died after surgery at a hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1962. [2] The elementary school in his hometown of Shelby is named for Read. [3]

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  1. The Political Graveyard: Read, Thomas
  2. "Thomas Read, 80, Is Dead; Longtime State Official". Detroit Free Press. April 8, 1962. p. 12. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  3. Thomas Read Elementary
Political offices
Preceded by
Luren D. Dickinson
Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
Succeeded by
George W. Welsh
Preceded by
Allen E. Stebbins
Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
Succeeded by
Leo J. Nowicki
Legal offices
Preceded by
Raymond Wesley Starr
Michigan Attorney General
Succeeded by
Herbert J. Rushton