Van Wagoner, Murray Delos, 1898-

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Construction engineer and Michigan Democratic politician; served terms as Oakland County Drain Commissioner, Michigan State Highway Commissioner, and as Governor, 1941-1942.

From the description of Murray Delos Van Wagoner papers, 1921-1949. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34418743

Murray D. Van Wagoner was born March 18, 1898 in Tuscola County, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan College of Engineering in 1921 then went to work for the state highway department where he helped to build bridges. Van Wagoner next went to work for a private engineering company then started his own business.

In the late 1920s, Van Wagoner became interested in elective office. In 1930 he was elected Oakland County drain commissioner, then in 1933, he was elected state highway commissioner. A successful state road building, Van Wagoner was reelected all the while building a political base from which to run for higher office.

In 1940, Van Wagoner was elected Democratic governor of Michigan. As governor during the first two years of the second world war, Van Wagoner was successful in passing many measures related to civil defense and war preparedness. He was largely unsuccessful with his other proposals being opposed by a Republican legislature. He was defeated for re-election in 1942. He ran again in 1946, but was defeated. For the next decades of his life, Van Wagoner worked in private business. He died June 13, 1986.

From the guide to the Murray D. Van Wagoner Papers, 1921-1949, (Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Donald S. Leonard Papers, 1925-1966 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Green, Fred W. (Fred Warren), 1872-1936. Fred Warren Green papers, 1881-1939. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Albert Joseph Engel Papers, 1885-1960 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Murray D. Van Wagoner Papers, 1921-1949 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Fred W. Green papers, 1881-1939 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Michigan. Civil Service Study Commission. Michigan Civil Service Study Commission records, 1935-1942. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Elizabeth Sparks Adams papers, 1861-2001, 1930-1970s Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Arthur W. Stace papers, 1927-1950 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Arthur J. Lacy Papers, 1891-1975 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Belen, Elizabeth L. (Elizabeth Lehman), 1886-1975. Elizabeth L. Belen papers, 1935-1969. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Frank Murphy papers, 1908-1949 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn G. Donald Kennedy Papers, 1928-1968 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn James K. Pollock papers, 1920-1968 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Karl Detzer papers, 1916-1981 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn George Murphy papers, 1911-1961 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Fitzgerald, Frank D. (Frank Dwight), 1885-1939. Frank Dwight Fitzgerald papers, 1928-1944. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Gomon, Josephine Fellows, 1892-1975. Josephine Fellows Gomon papers, 1913-1975. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Democratic National Committee (U.S.). Democratic National Committee papers, 1940-1947. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Lawrence A. Rubin papers, 1934-2011 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Miller, Craig C. Craig C. Miller papers, 1914-1942. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Prentiss Marsh Brown Papers, 1902-1973 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Walker, L. C. (Louis Carlisle), 1875-1963. Louis Carlisle Walker papers, 1881-1963. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Dustin, Fred, 1866-. Fred Dustin papers, 1886-1957. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Rudolph E. Reichert Papers, 1907-1962 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Adams, Elizabeth S. Elizabeth S. Adams papers, 1935-1999. (bulk 1935-1950s) University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Farrell, Lawrence Llewellyn, 1903-1971. Lawrence L. Farrell papers, 1935-1971. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Engel, Albert J. (Albert Joseph), 1888-1959. Albert Joseph Engel papers, 1885-1960. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Webber, Louis, 1882-. Louis Webber correspondence, 1929-1955. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Kennedy, G. Donald (George Donald), 1900-1988. G. Donald Kennedy papers, 1928-1968. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Michigan Civil Service Study Commission records, 1935-1941 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Blair Moody Papers, 1928-1954, 1934-1952 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Shirley Wheeler Smith Papers, 1881-1959 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Reichert, Rudolph E. (Rudolph Edward), 1887-1965. Rudolph Edward Reichert papers, 1907-1965. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Alexander G. Ruthven Papers, 1901-1961, 1906-1951 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Louis Carlisle Walker papers, 1881-1963 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Lawrence Llewellyn Farrell Papers, 1935-1971 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Frank Dwight Fitzgerald papers, 1928-1944, 1930-1939 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Farrell, Lawrence Llewellyn, 1903-1971. Lawrence L. Farrell papers, 1935-1971. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Stace, Arthur W. (Arthur William), 1875-1950. Arthur W. Stace papers, 1927-1950. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Josephine Fellows Gomon papers, 1913-1975 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Carl M. Weideman Papers, 1921-1972, 1932-1934 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Fred Dustin papers, 1866-1975 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Van Wagoner, Murray Delos, 1898-. Murray Delos Van Wagoner papers, 1921-1949. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Emerson R. Boyles papers, 1879-1911 and 1931-1960 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf McCall, Almon Watson, 1905-1970. Almon W. McCall papers, 1924-1970. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Almon Watson McCall papers, 1924-1970 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Pollock, James K. (James Kerr), 1898-1968. James Kerr Pollock papers, 1920-1968. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Howard Cyrus Lawrence Papers, 1916-1966 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Adams, Elizabeth S. person
associatedWith Adams, Elizabeth S. person
associatedWith Belen, Elizabeth L. (Elizabeth Lehman), 1886-1975. person
associatedWith Boyles, Emerson R., 1881-1960 person
associatedWith Brown, Prentiss M. (Prentiss Marsh), 1889-1973. person
associatedWith Cagney, James, 1899-1986 person
associatedWith Comstock, William Alfred, 1877-1949 person
associatedWith Cooley, Mortimer E. (Mortimer Elwyn), 1855-1944. person
associatedWith De Kruif, Paul, 1890-1971 person
associatedWith DeKruif, Paul, 1890-1971. person
associatedWith Democratic National Committee (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Democratic Party (Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith Detroit Tigers (Baseball team) corporateBody
associatedWith Detzer, Karl, 1891- person
associatedWith Dickinson, Luren Dudley, 1859-1943. person
associatedWith Dustin, Fred, 1866- person
associatedWith Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974 person
associatedWith Engel, Albert J. (Albert Joseph), 1888-1959. person
associatedWith Farley, James A. (James Aloysius), 1888-1976. person
associatedWith Farrell, Lawrence Llewellyn, 1903-1971. person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, Frank D. (Frank Dwight), 1885-1939. person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, Frank Dwight, 1885-1939 person
associatedWith Gomon, Josephine Fellows, 1892-1975. person
associatedWith Green, Fred W. (Fred Warren), 1872-1936. person
associatedWith Kelly, Harry F. (Harry Francis), 1895-1971. person
associatedWith Kennedy, G. Donald (George Donald), 1900-1988. person
associatedWith Lacy, Arthur J. (Arthur Jay), 1876-1975 person
associatedWith Lawrence, Howard Cyrus, 1890-1961 person
associatedWith Leonard, Donald S. (Donald Sparling), 1903-1976 person
associatedWith McCall, Almon Watson, 1905-1970. person
associatedWith Michigan. Civil Service Study Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan. Civil Service Study Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan. Governor (1941-1942 : Van Wagoner) corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan. State Highway Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan. State Highway Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith Miller, Craig C. person
associatedWith Moody, Blair, 1902-1954 person
associatedWith Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949. person
associatedWith Murphy, George, 1897-1961. person
associatedWith Osborn, Chase S. (Chase Salmon), b. 1860. person
associatedWith Pearson, Drew, 1897-1969. person
associatedWith Pollock, James K. (James Kerr), 1898-1968. person
associatedWith Reichert, Rudolph E. (Rudolph Edward), 1887-1965. person
associatedWith Romney, George W., 1907-1995. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. person
associatedWith Rubin, Lawrence A., 1912- person
associatedWith Ruthven, Alexander Grant, 1882- person
associatedWith Scholle, August, 1904- person
associatedWith Scholle, August, 1904-1972. person
associatedWith Smith, Shirley Wheeler, 1875-1959 person
associatedWith Stace, Arthur W. (Arthur William), 1875-1950. person
associatedWith Tufty, Esther Van Wagoner, d. 1986. person
associatedWith Walker, L. C. (Louis Carlisle), 1875-1963. person
associatedWith Wallace, Henry Agard, 1888-1965 person
associatedWith Webber, Louis, 1882- person
associatedWith Weideman, Carl May, 1898-1972 person
associatedWith Western Michigan University. corporateBody
associatedWith Williams, Frank. person
associatedWith Williams, G. Mennen, 1911- person
associatedWith Willow Run Bomber Plant. corporateBody
associatedWith Yost, Fielding Harris, 1871-1946. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Michigan
Michigan
Detroit River (Mich. and Ont.)
Mackinac Bridge (Mich.)
Grayling (Mich.)
Marine City (Mich.)
Eaton County (Mich.)
Ionia County (Mich.)
Sault Sainte Marie (Mich.)
Blue Water Bridge (Port Huron, Mich. and Sarnia, Ont.)
Europe.
Ingham County (Mich.)
Clinton County (Mich.)
Mexico.
West (U.S.)
Subject
World War, 1939-1945
Elections--Michigan--1942
Elections--Michigan--1940
Boat and ship industry
Elections--1930
Winter
Veterans--Michigan
Regattas
Elections--1932
Roads
Roads--Michigan
Bridges
Politics and government--1939-1945
Railroads--Michigan
Defense industries
Elections--Michigan--1932
Elections--Michigan--1930
Governors--Michigan
Elections--1940
Elections--1942
Parades and processions
Swimming
Construction industry
Boats
Governors--Michigan--Inauguration--1937
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Function

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Birth 1898

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