GRIFFIN, Robert Paul



GRIFFIN, Robert Paul, a Representative and a Senator from Michigan; born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., November 6, 1923; attended public schools in Garden City and Dearborn, Mich.; during the Second World War enlisted in 1943 and served three years in the U.S. Army, fourteen months in the European theater; graduated, Central Michigan College at Mount Pleasant 1947; received law degree from University of Michigan Law School 1950; admitted to the bar in 1950 and commenced the practice of law in Traverse City, Mich.; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-fifth and to the four succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1957, until his resignation May 10, 1966; appointed on May 11, 1966, to the United States Senate to fill vacancy caused by the death of Patrick V. McNamara; elected November 8, 1966, to full six-year term commencing January 3, 1967; reelected in 1972 and served from May 11, 1966, to January 2, 1979; Republican whip 1969-1977; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1978; was a resident of Traverse City, Mich, until his death on April 16, 2015.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library

College Park, MD
Papers: 14 audiotapes (1968-1974) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

Central Michigan University
Clarke Historical Library

Mt. Pleasant, MI
Papers: 1957-1978. 1,462 linear feet. Collection documents congressional service and includes administrative records, campaign materials, Whip Office records, constituent correspondence, legislation, memorabilia, press releases, photographs, speeches, newspaper clippings and videotapes. Finding aid. Permission required for access.

Gerald R. Ford Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence and briefing papers. Finding aid.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library

Austin, TX
Oral History: March 2, 1979. 14 pages.

University of Georgia
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Athens, GA
Oral History: 1971. 5 pages. Limited to reminiscences of Russell.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in James Maxwell Mudge papers, 1951-1970; Stella Brunt Osborn papers, 1916-1983; George Francis Lemble papers, 1958-1968; Josephine Fellows Gomon papers, 1913-1971; John Bowman Bruff papers, 1966; and Walter D. DeVries papers, 1960-1972. Finding aid.

University of Virginia
Alderman Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Correspondence in Hugh Scott papers, 1925-1983. Finding aid.

Wayne State University
Walter P. Reuther Library

Detroit, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Alex Pilch papers, 1967-1972; and Detroit Council of Churches records, 1920-1969. Finding aid.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Griffin, Robert P. "The Landrum-Griffin Act: Twelve Years of Experience in Protecting Employee Rights." Georgia Law Review 5 (Summer 1971): 622-42.

___. "Rules and Procedure of the Standing Committees." In We Propose: A Modern Congress. Selected Proposals by the House Republican Task Force on Congressional Reform and Minority Staffing, edited by Mary McInnis, pp. 37-53. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1966.

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