McKay, Frank D., 1883-
Republican politician and Michigan state treasurer, 1925-1931.
From the description of Frank McKay papers, 1909-1965. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 154302153
From the description of Frank D. McKay papers, 1909-1965. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 85778428
Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on November 4, 1883, Frank D. McKay left school to work in various manual labor jobs. He was a natural businessman however. As many of his fellow workers were foreign born, McKay set up a small foreign money exchange business for them. He also established a private banking and investing business for these workers. Later on, he became an agent for a number of steamship lines and then branched out into the construction and financing of homes in the Grand Rapids area.
Early in his career, Frank McKay became involved in politics, organizing his friends and associates to back local candidates. He sought no office for himself until 1906 when he was appointed deputy county clerk and assignment clerk for the local circuit court. With his organizational skills, McKay built up an organization that gained control of the Kent County Republican Party, eventually becoming county chairman. Based upon his performance and growing power as a politician, McKay was elected state treasurer in 1924. He was twice re-elected, but did not seek a fourth term in 1930.
McKay preferred working behind the scenes of party politics, using his influence throughout the 1930s at state party conventions. In 1940, he was named a delegate to the Republican National Convention where he was a floor manager for Wendell Willkie. Following the convention, he served as a member of the Republican Party National Committee. At this time, McKay began to face legal problems. He was indicted in federal court in Detroit on charges of graft and conspiracy in connection with purchases by the State Liquor Control Commission. Although acquitted in 1942, these charges were brought in state court in 1944. McKay was again acquitted. Even so, McKay's political fortunes waned. He was removed from the Republican National Committee in 1944. He also lost control of the Kent County Republican organization to a local independent Republican group who called themselves the Home Front. And in 1950, a Citizens Action movement wrested control of Grand Rapids city government away from McKay and his political allies.
McKay remained successful as a businessman, owning and adding on to the Grand Rapids National Bank building, operating an insurance and realty businesses, and founding the Grand Rapids Times newspaper and acquiring the Grand Rapids Chronicle which two papers later merged into the weekly Michigan Times. He also owned a hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. He died January 12, 1965.
From the guide to the Frank D. McKay Papers, 1909-1965, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)
|creatorOf||Sink, Charles A. (Charles Albert), 1879-1972. Charles Albert Sink papers, 1907-1996.||University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library|
|referencedIn||Howard Cyrus Lawrence Papers, 1916-1966||Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan|
|referencedIn||John Warner Fitzgerald papers, 1952-1982||Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan|
|referencedIn||Dorothy Leonard Judd Papers, 1935-1974||Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan|
|creatorOf||Frank D. McKay Papers, 1909-1965||Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan|
|referencedIn||Judd, Dorothy Leonard. Dorothy Judd papers, 1935-1974.||University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library|
|referencedIn||Frank Dwight Fitzgerald papers, 1928-1944, 1930-1939||Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan|
|referencedIn||Noble Travis papers, 1927-1970||Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan|
|creatorOf||Fitzgerald, Frank D. (Frank Dwight), 1885-1939. Frank Dwight Fitzgerald papers, 1928-1944.||University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library|
|referencedIn||Emerson R. Boyles papers, 1879-1911 and 1931-1960||Bentley Historica 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||Paul Gordon Goebel papers, 1942-1964||Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan|
|referencedIn||Rudolph E. Reichert Papers, 1907-1962||Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan|
|referencedIn||Charles M. Ziegler papers, 1928-1959||Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan|
|creatorOf||McKay, Frank D., 1883-. Frank D. McKay papers, 1909-1965.||University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library|
|creatorOf||McKay, Frank D., 1883-. Frank McKay papers, 1909-1965.||University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library|
|referencedIn||Charles A. Sink Papers, 1890s-1996||Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan|
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|Grand Rapids (Mich.)|
|Grand Rapids (Mich.)|
|Miami Beach (Fla.)|
|Grand Rapids (Mich.)|
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