Thomas Read (politician)

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Thomas Read
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 by Daniel Rankin
36th Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
In office
January 1, 1921 December 31, 1924
Governor Alex J. Groesbeck
Preceded by Luren Dickinson
Succeeded by George W. Welsh
40th Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
In office
January 1, 1935 December 31, 1936
Governor Frank D. Fitzgerald
Preceded by Allen E. Stebbins
Succeeded by Leo J. Nowicki
41st Michigan Attorney General
In office
January 1, 1939 December 31, 1940
Preceded by Raymond Wesley Starr
Succeeded by Herbert J. Rushton
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 26th district
In office
January 1, 1927 December 31, 1928
Preceded by Orville E. Atwood
Succeeded by Orville E. Atwood
Personal details
Born(1881-05-28)May 28, 1881
Rochester, New York
Died 1962
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ethel
Residence Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Profession Attorney

Thomas Read 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]

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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.

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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.

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The elementary school in his hometown of Shelby is named for Read. [2]

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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