Republican Party (Mich.). State Central Committee

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James M. Babcock served as a chairman of the Republican State Central Committee and delegate for the Gratiot County Republican Party.

From the description of Republican Party (Mich.). State Central Committee records, 1858-1973 (Detroit Public Library). WorldCat record id: 568987382

Headquarters for the Committee was located at 56 Congress Street West, Detroit.

From the description of Circular, 1882. (Clarke Historical Library). WorldCat record id: 43624413

The exact date when the Republican State Central Committee was organized is not clear but it was probably very soon after the establishment of the party in 1854. In the library, there is a pamphlet published around 1856 with the citation "printed by the Michigan Republican Committee." What the responsibilities of this committee were is not certain, but the name obviously implies some degree of party organization and function such as might have been performed by the agency known in 1883, when its membership was first listed in the Michigan Manual, as the state central committee.

For the period represented by the bulk of these records (approximately from the mid-1950s to 1979), the party distinguished between the State Central Committee and State Central. The committee is the policy arm of the party which meets for two day meetings five times a year. State Central, on the other hand, is the day-to-day professional organization of the state Republican party. Functioning as a service organization, State Central acts as liaison on party affairs in the state's congressional districts, in each county, and at the city and township level. The kinds of work performed by State Central depends upon the funds available. Staff includes a state chairman, an executive director, field representatives, and clerical support.

Specific responsibilities of State Central and the state chairman include running state conventions and planning the state party's participation in the national convention; working with and providing training for Republican candidates on the state, district, and county levels; receiving communications from and with the Republican National Committee and the national administration (when a Republican is in the White House); cooperating with the governor or the state legislature on special issues (such as congressional redistricting, legislative apportionment, appointments to state boards and commissions, etc.); developing campaign material for certain statewide offices; finding and encouraging qualified people to run for Congress and for the state legislature; and otherwise acting as the voice of the Republican Party at countless conferences, seminars, rallys, and workshops.

The state Republican Party in the period represented by these records underwent a process of rejuvenation. From 1949 to 1962, Democrats were in the governor's office. The election of 1962 saw the emergence of automobile executive George Romney as a powerful vote-getter and someone who clearly had ambitions for national office. Other Republicans on the scene were his successor William Milliken and, of course, the man who became Michigan's only president Gerald R. Ford. Significant campaigns in the period of this record group include the senatorial campaigns of Elly Peterson and Lenore Romney in 1964 and 1970 respectively, George Romney and William Milliken campaigns for governor, and Gerald Ford's campaign for reelection to the presidency in 1976.

From the guide to the Republican Party (Mich.) State Central Committee Records, 1958-1979, 1962-1978., (Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan)

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referencedIn Cleary, Owen J., 1900-1960. Owen J. Cleary papers, 1944-1959. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Republican Party (Mich.). State Central Committee. Republican Party (Mich.). State Central Committee records, 1858-1973 Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn Hartwick, Edward N. Edward N. Hartwick papers, 1898-1978. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Howard Cyrus Lawrence Papers, 1916-1966 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Lawrence B. Lindemer papers, 1954-1977 and 1981-1982, 1964-1976 and 1981-1982 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf Republican Party (Mich.). State Central Committee. Republican State Central Committee. State Archive of Michigan
referencedIn Seelye, Barna H., 1821-1884,. Barna H. Seelye collection, 1837-1884. Western Michigan University, Dwight B. Waldo Library
referencedIn Owen J. Cleary Papers, 1944-1959 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf Republican Party (Mich.) State Central Committee Records, 1958-1979, 1962-1978. Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf Republican Party (Mich.). State Central Committee. Republican Party (Mich.) State Central Committee records, 1920-1979. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Butler, Ruth G. (Ruth Gibson) 1891-1981. Ruth G. Butler Papers, Circa 1961-Circa 1983. Michigan Technological University, J.R. Van Pelt & Opie Library; Michigan Tech
creatorOf Republican Party (Mich.). State Central Committee. Circular, 1882. Clarke Historical Library
creatorOf Republican Party (Mich.). State Central Committee. Republican State Central Committee. State Archive of Michigan
creatorOf Republican Party (Mich.). State Central Committee. Republican Party (Mich.) State Central Committee records, ca. 1958-1979 (bulk 1962-1978). University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Republican Party (Mich.). State Central Committee. Republican State Central Committee. State Archive of Michigan
referencedIn Whiting, Henry. Henry Whiting papers, 1945-1953. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Republican Party (Mich.). State Central Committee. Republican State Central Committee collection. State Archive of Michigan
creatorOf Republican Party (Mich.). State Central Committee. Republican State Central Committee collection. State Archive of Michigan
referencedIn Lindemer, Lawrence B. Lawrence B. Lindemer papers, 1954-1977 and 1981-1982 (bulk 1964-1976 and 1981-1982). University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Edward N. Hartwick Papers, 1898-1978, 1940-1960 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
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associatedWith Cederberg, Elford Alfred, 1918- person
associatedWith Cleary, Owen J., 1900-1960. person
correspondedWith Elliott, Arthur person
associatedWith Elliott, Arthur C. person
associatedWith Elliott, Arthur G., 1916- person
associatedWith Esch, Marvin Lionel, 1927- person
associatedWith Griffin, Robert P. (Robert Paul), 1923 person
associatedWith Hartwick, Edward N. person
associatedWith Hartwick, Edward N. person
associatedWith Humphrey, Hugh. person
associatedWith Humphrey, Hugh. person
associatedWith Hunting, Joseph. person
associatedWith Hunting, Joseph. person
associatedWith Hutchinson, J. Edward (Jesse Edward), 1914- person
associatedWith Lawrence, Howard Cyrus, 1890-1961 person
correspondedWith Lindemer, Lawrence person
associatedWith Lindemer, Lawrence B. person
associatedWith Lindemer, Lawrence B. person
associatedWith McLaughlin, William F., 1932- person
associatedWith McLaughlin, William F., 1932- person
associatedWith Michigan. corporateBody
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associatedWith Michigan. Governor (1963-1969 : Romney) corporateBody
associatedWith Peterson, Elly, 1914- person
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associatedWith Republican Party (Mich.). Coordinating Committee for the New State Constitution. corporateBody
associatedWith Roe, Jerry D., 1936- person
associatedWith Romney, George W., 1907-1995. person
associatedWith Seelye, Barna H., 1821-1884, person
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