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G. Mennen Williams

Born: Feb 23, 1911

Death: Feb 2, 1988

Birthplace: Detroit

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

G. Mennen Williams

Date of Birth : Feb 23, 1911
Date of Death : Feb 2, 1988
Birth Place : Detroit

G. Mennen "Soapy" Williams was the 41st Governor of Michigan, elected in 1948 and serving six two-year terms in office. He later served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs under President John F. Kennedy and Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. As assistant secretary of state, his remark that "what we want for the Africans is what they want for themselves," reported in the press as "Africa for the Africans," sparked controversy at the time. Williams was described by the Chicago Tribune as a political reformer who "helped forge the alliance between Democrats, blacks and union voters in the late 1940s that began a strong liberal tradition in Michigan."


  • Politician

Also known as

  • Gerhard Mennen Williams
  • "Soapy" Williams
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