McKay, Frank D., 1883-

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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)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
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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associatedWith Adams, Sherman, 1899-1986. person
associatedWith Bal Harbour Hotel (Miami Beach, Fla.) corporateBody
associatedWith Boyles, Emerson R., 1881-1960 person
associatedWith Brake, D. Hale, 1891- person
associatedWith Brucker, Wilber Marion, 1894-1968. person
associatedWith Comstock, William Alfred, 1877-1949. person
associatedWith Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971. person
associatedWith Dickinson, Luren Dudley, 1859-1943. person
associatedWith Farley, James A. (James Aloysius), 1888-1976. person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, Frank D. (Frank Dwight), 1885-1939. person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, Frank Dwight, 1885-1939 person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, John Warner, 1924- person
associatedWith Goebel, Paul Gordon, 1901- person
associatedWith Green, Fred W. (Fred Warren), 1872-1936. person
associatedWith Groesbeck, Alexander J. (Alexander Joseph), 1873-1953. person
associatedWith Hart, Philip A. (Philip Aloysius), 1912-1976. person
associatedWith Hoffman, Clare E., 1875-1967. person
associatedWith Jenkins, Guy H. person
associatedWith Jenkins, Guy H. person
associatedWith Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973. person
associatedWith Judd, Dorothy Leonard. person
associatedWith Lawrence, Howard Cyrus, 1890-1961 person
associatedWith Mapes, Carl E. (Carl Edgar), 1874-1939. person
associatedWith Martin, Joseph W. (Joseph William), 1884-1968. person
associatedWith Michigan. Dept. of Treasury. corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan. Dept. of Treasury. corporateBody
associatedWith Osborn, Chase S. (Chase Salmon), b. 1860 person
associatedWith Reichert, Rudolph E. (Rudolph Edward), 1887-1965. person
associatedWith Republican National Committee (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Republican Party (Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith Sink, Charles A. (Charles Albert), 1879-1972. person
associatedWith Summerfield, Arthur E. (Arthur Ellsworth), 1899-1972. person
associatedWith Travis, Noble, 1901- person
associatedWith Vandenberg, Arthur H. (Arthur Hendrick), 1884-1951. person
associatedWith Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944. person
associatedWith Ziegler, Charles M., 1888-1959 person
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Grand Rapids (Mich.)
United States
United States
United States
Grand Rapids (Mich.)
Miami Beach (Fla.)
Michigan
Michigan
Grand Rapids (Mich.)
Michigan
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Elections--1958
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Presidents--Election--1940
Presidents--Election--1952
Streets--Michigan--Grand Rapids
Street railroads--Michigan--Grand Rapids
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Presidents--United States--Election--1952
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City and Town Life
Hotels and taverns--Florida--Miami Beach
Elections--Michigan--1958
Business records
Business enterprises--Michigan--Grand Rapids
Presidents--United States--Election--1940
Dining rooms
Clothing and dress--1951-1960
Buildings--Michigan--Grand Rapids
Dance
Entertainment
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Birth 1883

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