Bromage, Arthur W. (Arthur Watson), 1904-1979

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Professor of political science at the University of Michigan, specialist in problems of municipal government and administration.

From the description of Arthur W. Bromage papers, 1917-1979 (bulk 1935-1975). (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34419179

Arthur Watson Bromage was born in East Windsor, Connecticut on February 27, 1904. He attended Enfield High School in Connecticut from 1917 to 1921. His undergraduate education took place at Wesleyan University in Connecticut from 1921 to 1925. He received his Master's degree from Harvard University in 1926 and his Ph.D. in 1928.

As a specialist in municipal government and administration, Arthur Bromage was associated with the University of Michigan beginning in 1929. He attained the rank of professor of political science in 1938, and served as chairman of the department from 1961 to 1964. He attained the status of professor emeritus in 1974. Long active in the university's Institute of Public Administration, Professor Bromage participated in training graduate students for careers in city management.

During World War II, Bromage was commissioned in January 1943 as a major in the Army. Bromage attended the School of Military Government in Charlottesville, Virginia. Afterward he was assigned to Fort Custer in Michigan from May 1943 to January 1944. He served overseas in England, France and Germany from February 1944 to September 1945. As a Lieutenant Colonel, he served with the Regional Military Government Detachment for Bavaria in 1945, participating in the restoration of civil authority in that region of Germany. He was awarded the European, Africa, Middle East ribbon with three battle stars, the American campaign medal and the World War II victory medal. After World War II, he resumed his position as professor of political science at the University of Michigan.

In addition to university teaching and research, Bromage served as a city councilman in Ann Arbor from 1949 until 1953. Throughout his career, he was active in the National Municipal League. He served, by appointment of the governors of Michigan, on four state and local study commissions. He contributed to city, county and citizen bodies as secretary to the Michigan Commission of Reform and Modernization of Government in 1938 and as a member of the Michigan Commission on Intergovernmental Relations from 1954 until 1955. In 1956, Bromage was given an honorary life member status in the International City Manager's Association and of the Michigan Municipal League. He was a charter consultant to numerous cities.

Among Bromage's publications are many books, articles and notes on state, municipal, county and metropolitan government. His best known works include: American County Government, Organization and Cost of County and Township Government, State Government and Administration in the U.S., Manager Plan Abandonments, Introduction to Municipal Government and Administration, On the City Council, A Councilman Speaks, and Councilmen at Work. His syndicated articles, released through the National League of Cities, appeared in state municipal league journals throughout the United States.

He was a member of: American Political Science Association, American Society for Public Administration, International City Managers' Association, and National Municipal League. In 1973, the Michigan Chapter of the International City Managers' Association established the Arthur W. Bromage Internship, a graduate internship, annually awarded at the University of Michigan.

He and Mary Cogan were married in 1928. They had one daughter, Susanna Bromage Paterson, six grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Arthur Bromage died on February 9, 1979 in his home in Ann Arbor.

From the guide to the Arthur W Bromage papers, 1917-1979, 1935-1975, (Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn James K. Pollock papers, 1920-1968 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
creatorOf Cross, Arthur Lyon, 1873-1940. Arthur Lyon Cross papers, 1897-1940. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Thomas Harrison Reed Papers, 1902-1971 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Michigan Civil Service Study Commission records, 1935-1941 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 Mary C. Bromage papers, 1862-1994, 1923-1980 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Shirley Wheeler Smith Papers, 1881-1959 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Arthur Lyon Cross Papers, 1897-1940 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Bromage, Arthur W. (Arthur Watson), 1904-1979. Arthur W. Bromage papers, 1917-1979 (bulk 1935-1975). University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Bromage, Mary Cogan. Mary C. Bromage papers, 1862-1994 (bulk 1923-1980). University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Arthur W Bromage papers, 1917-1979, 1935-1975 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn University of Michigan Faculty and Staff Portraits, ca. 1860-ca. 1960 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Reed, Thomas Harrison, b. 1881. Thomas H. Reed papers, 1902-1971. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Michigan. Civil Service Study Commission. Michigan Civil Service Study Commission records, 1935-1942. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
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associatedWith Ann Arbor (Mich.). Common Council corporateBody
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associatedWith Bromage Fellowship corporateBody
associatedWith Bromage, Mary Cogan. person
associatedWith Cross, Arthur Lyon, 1873-1940. person
associatedWith Governor's Special Commission on Local Government corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard College corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan. Civil Service Study Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan. Civil Service Study Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan Historical Collections corporateBody
associatedWith Pollock, James K. (James Kerr), 1898-1968. person
associatedWith Reed, Thomas Harrison, b. 1881. person
associatedWith Smith, Shirley Wheeler, 1875-1959 person
associatedWith University of Michigan corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Dept. of Political Science corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Dept. of Political Science. corporateBody
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Germany
Bavaria (Germany)
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University of Michigan--Faculty
Municipal government
Bavaria (Germany)--Politics and government--1945-
Germany
World War, 1939-1945
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