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Michigan: State Attorneys General

Michigan State Attorneys General, 1836-2018 (May be incomplete!)
Daniel LeRoy 1836-37 Peter Morey 1837-41 Zephaniah Platt 1841-43 Elon Farnsworth 1843-45 Henry N. Walker 1845-47 Edward Mundy 1847-48 George V. N. Lothrop 1848-51 William Hale 1851-54 Jacob M. Howard 1855-60 Charles Upson 1861-62 Albert Williams 1863-66 William L. Stoughton 1867-68 Dwight May 1869-72 Byron D. Ball 1873-74 Isaac Marston 1874 Andrew J. Smith 1875-76 Otto Kirchner 1877-80 Jacob J. Van Riper 1881-84 Moses Taggart 1885-88 Stephen V. R. Trowbridge 1889-90 Benjamin W. Huston 1890 Adolphus A. Ellis 1891-94 Fred A. Maynard 1895-98 Horace M. Oren 1899-1902 Charles A. Blair 1903-04 John E. Bird 1905-10 Franz C. Kuhn 1910-12 Roger I. Wykes 1912 Grant Fellows 1913-16 Alex J. Groesbeck 1917-20 Merlin Wiley 1921-23 Andrew B. Dougherty 1923-26 Clare Retan 1926 William W. Potter 1927-28 Wilber M. Brucker 1928-30 Paul W. Voorhies 1931-32 Patrick H. O'Brien 1933-34 Harry S. Toy 1935 David H. Crowley 1935-36 Raymond Wesley Starr 1937-38 Thomas Read 1939-40 Herbert J. Rushton 1941-44 John R. Dethmers 1945-46 Foss O. Eldred 1946 Eugene F. Black 1947-48 Stephen J. Roth 1949-50 Frank G. Millard 1951-54 Thomas M. Kavanagh 1955-57 Paul L. Adams 1958-61 Frank J. Kelley 1961-98 Jennifer M. Granholm 1999-2002 Mike Cox 2003-10 Bill Schuette 2011-18

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1860: Charles Upson (Rep), elected.
  • 1874 Apr 1: Byron D. Ball, resigned; Isaac Marston, appointed.
  • 1878: Frank Dumon, defeated; Allen B. Morse, defeated.
  • 1880: William Newton, defeated.
  • 1886 Nov 2: Moses Taggart (Rep), elected; John C. Donnelly (Fusion), defeated; James R. Laing (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1888 Nov 6: Stephen V. R. Trowbridge (Rep), elected; Adolphus A. Ellis (Dem), defeated; Lemuel C. Clute (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1890: Benjamin W. Huston, defeated.
  • 1892: Gerrit J. Diekema (Rep), defeated; Myron H. Walker (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1894: James O'Hara (Dem), defeated.
  • 1900: James O'Hara (Dem), defeated.
  • 1902 Nov 4: Charles A. Blair (Rep), elected.
  • 1904: Francis O. Gaffney (Dem), defeated.
  • 1906 Nov 6: John E. Bird (Rep), elected; Emanuel J. Doyle (Dem), defeated; Winent H. D. Fox (Prohibition), defeated; James H. McFarlan (Socialist), defeated; Adolph Barstow (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1910 Jun 6: John E. Bird, resigned; Franz C. Kuhn, appointed.
  • 1910 Nov 8: Franz C. Kuhn (Rep), elected; Thomas J. Bresnahan (Dem), defeated; Hamilton S. McMaster (Socialist), defeated; William S. McCormick (Prohibition), defeated; Frederick N. Hitchcock (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1912 Sep 9: Franz C. Kuhn, resigned; Roger I. Wykes, appointed.
  • 1914 Nov 3: Charles P. O'Neil (Progressive), defeated.
  • 1916 Nov 7: Alex J. Groesbeck (Rep), elected; George J. Burke (Dem), defeated; Clinton B. Griner (Socialist), defeated; Thomas A. Mead (Prohibition), defeated; John Fendt (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1918 Nov 5: Alex J. Groesbeck (Rep), elected; James H. Baker (Dem), defeated; Solomon Poperno (Socialist), defeated; Harvey B. Hatch (Prohibition), defeated; William A. Schnau (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1922 Nov 7: Merlin Wiley (Rep), elected; Thomas J. Cavanaugh (Dem), defeated; Thomas A. Mead (Prohibition), defeated; Henry Stone (Socialist Labor), defeated; Max Wagman (Socialist), defeated; M. C. Brown, defeated.
  • 1923 Jan 4: Merlin Wiley, resigned.
  • 1923 Jan 9: Andrew B. Dougherty, appointed.
  • 1924: Howard C. Cavanaugh (Dem), defeated.
  • 1926 Oct 27: Andrew B. Dougherty, resigned; Clare Retan, appointed.
  • 1926 Nov 2: William W. Potter (Rep), elected; Alva M. Cummins (Dem), defeated; Cyril Lambkin (Workers), defeated.
  • 1928 Feb 16: William W. Potter, resigned.
  • 1928 Feb 18: Wilber M. Brucker, appointed.
  • 1928 Nov 6: Wilber M. Brucker (Rep), elected; Kim Sigler (Dem), defeated; John Kiiskila (Workers), defeated; Garmen N. Speredon (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1930 Nov 4: Paul W. Voorhies (Rep), elected; Elmer Kirkby (Dem), defeated; William Pharr (Workers), defeated; Joseph P. Campbell (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1932: Paul W. Voorhies (Rep), defeated.
  • 1934 Nov 6: Patrick H. O'Brien (Dem), defeated.
  • 1935 Oct 24: David H. Crowley, appointed.
  • 1936 Nov 3: Raymond Wesley Starr (Dem), elected; David H. Crowley (Rep), defeated; Emanuel Seidler (Socialist), defeated; Gottlob C. Leibrand (Farmer-Labor), defeated; Floyd McDonnel (Communist), defeated; Edith L. Walzel (Socialist Labor), defeated; Charles L. Bartlett (American), defeated.
  • 1938 Nov 8: Thomas Read (Rep), elected; Raymond Wesley Starr (Dem), defeated; Emanuel Seidler (Socialist), defeated; Abner Dilley (Constitutional Democratic), defeated; Arthur J. Wobler (Socialist Labor), defeated; Evelyn A. Greene (American), defeated; Archibald D. Jones (Square Deal), defeated.
  • 1940 Nov 5: Herbert J. Rushton (Rep), elected; Raymond Wesley Starr (Dem), defeated; James H. Stites (Socialist), defeated; Merrill C. Work (Communist), defeated; Fred Piatt (Prohibition), defeated; Charles Schwartz (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1942 Nov 3: Herbert J. Rushton (Rep), elected; John W. Babcock (Dem), defeated; Fred Piatt (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1944 Nov 7: John R. Dethmers (Rep), elected; Thurman B. Doyle (Dem), defeated; G. Albert Emerich (Prohibition), defeated; James H. Stites (Socialist), defeated; Kenneth C. Weber (America First), defeated; Charles Schwartz (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1946 Aug 15: John R. Dethmers, resigned.
  • 1946 Sep 9: Foss O. Eldred, appointed.
  • 1946 Nov 5: Eugene F. Black (Rep), elected; Thurman B. Doyle (Dem), defeated; LeRoy B. McInally (Prohibition), defeated; Grace M. Hamilton (Socialist Labor), defeated; Philip Raymond (Communist), defeated.
  • 1948 Nov 2: Stephen J. Roth (Dem), elected; Stuart B. White (Rep), defeated; Ernest Goodman (Progressive), defeated; LeRoy B. McInally (Prohibition), defeated; Samuel Silverstein (Socialist), defeated; Marion L. Walbridge (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1950 Nov 7: Frank G. Millard (Rep), elected; Stephen J. Roth (Dem), defeated; G. Albert Emerich (Prohibition), defeated; Ralph W. Muncy (Socialist Labor), defeated; Guilford E. Pennington (Socialist Workers), defeated.
  • 1952 Nov 4: Frank G. Millard (Rep), elected; John T. Damm (Dem), defeated; G. Albert Emerich (Prohibition), defeated; Ralph W. Muncy (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1954 Nov 2: Thomas M. Kavanagh (Dem), elected; Frank G. Millard (Rep), defeated; Ralph W. Muncy (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1956 Nov 6: Thomas M. Kavanagh (Dem), elected; Richard C. Van Dusen (Rep), defeated.
  • 1958 Jan 1: Paul L. Adams, appointed.
  • 1958 Nov 4: Paul L. Adams (Dem), elected; Jason L. Honigman (Rep), defeated; Albert Mills (Socialist Labor), defeated; Rita Shaw (Socialist Workers), defeated.
  • 1960 Nov 8: Paul L. Adams (Dem), elected; Wendell A. Miles (Rep), defeated; Rita Shaw (Socialist Workers), defeated; Alan LaRose (Prohibition), defeated; Roman V. Ceglowski (Independent American), defeated; Ralph W. Muncy (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1961 Dec 27: Paul L. Adams, resigned.
  • 1961 Dec 28: Frank J. Kelley, appointed.
  • 1962 Nov 6: Frank J. Kelley (Dem), elected; Robert J. Danhof (Rep), defeated; Theos A. Grove (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1964 Nov 3: Frank J. Kelley (Dem), elected; Meyer Warshawsky (Rep), defeated; Allen Bibb (Freedom Now), defeated; Robert Fink (Socialist Workers), defeated; William Walbridge (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1966 Nov 8: Frank J. Kelley (Dem), elected; Lawrence B. Lindemer (Rep), defeated; Charles Schwartz (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1970 Nov 3: Frank J. Kelley (Dem), elected; William S. Farr, Jr. (Rep), defeated; John Zywicki (Socialist Labor), defeated; Ronald Reosti (Socialist Workers), defeated.
  • 1974 Nov 5: Frank J. Kelley (Dem), elected; Myron H. Wahls (Rep), defeated; Ray D. Markel (American Independent), defeated; Clarice Jobes (Human Rights), defeated.
  • 1978 Nov 7: Frank J. Kelley (Dem), elected; Stephen C. Bransdorfer (Rep), defeated; James E. Wells (American Independent), defeated.
  • 1986: Robert H. Cleland (Rep), defeated.
  • 1990 Nov 6: Frank J. Kelley (Dem), elected; Clifford W. Taylor (Rep), defeated.
  • 1994 Nov 8: Frank J. Kelley (Dem), elected; John A. Smietanka (Rep), defeated.
  • 1998 Nov 3: Jennifer M. Granholm (Dem), elected; John A. Smietanka (Rep), defeated.
  • 2002 Nov 5: Mike Cox (Rep), elected; Gary C. Peters (Dem), defeated; Jerry J. Kaufman (Green), defeated; Gerald T. Van Sickle (U.S. Taxpayers), defeated.
  • 2010 Nov 2: Bill Schuette (Rep), elected; David Leyton (Dem), defeated; Daniel W. Grow (Libertarian), defeated; Gerald T. Van Sickle (U.S. Taxpayers), defeated.
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