Lenore Romney


Lenore Romney

Infobox person
name=Lenore LaFount Romney



birth_date=birth date|1908|11|9
death_date=death date and age|1998|7|7|1908|11|9
birth_placeLogan, Utah
parents=Alma Luella Robison (mother)
Harold Arundel (father)
spouse=George W. Romney (1931-1995)
children=4
Mitt Romney
G. Scott Romney
Lenore LaFount Romney (November 9, 1908 – July 7, 1998) was a former First Lady of Michigan and a Michigan politician in her own right.

Lenore was born in Logan, Utah to Harold Arundel LaFount (Birmingham, Warwickshire, January 5, 1880 – Detroit, Michigan, October 21, 1952) and wife (m. Logan, Utah, October 20, 1903) Alma Luella Robison (Montpelier, Idaho, August 19, 1882 – Washington, D.C., September 8, 1938, bur. Shrine of Memma, Salt Lake City, Utah). Her grandparents Robert Arthur LaFount (Belbroughton, Worcestershire, March 9, 1856 – Salt Lake City, Utah, February 10, 1940), of Huguenot male ancestry, and wife (m. Birmingham, Warwickshire, January 19, 1879) Emily Ethel Hewitt (Birmingham, Warwickshire, January 19, 1861 – Salt Lake City, Utah, 1956) and Charles Edward Robison (Nauvoo, Illinois, December 2, 1845 – Whitaker, South Carolina, September 26, 1883) - a descendant of Joseph Rogers, Mayflower passenger (baptized Watford, Northamptonshire, 23 January 1602/1603) and wife Hannah - and wife (m. Salt Lake City, Utah, October 10, 1865) Rosetta Mary Berry (Albion, Michigan, July 3, 1843 – Logan, Utah, October 21, 1918), as well as all of Charles and Rosetta's parents and grandparents, were also LDS Church members. [ [http://www.wargs.com/political/romney.html Ancestry of Mitt Romney ] ]

She was the wife of former Michigan Governor George W. Romney, having married him on July 2, 1931 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the mother of Mitt Romney, who was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002. She had three other children: Lynn, Jane, and G. Scott Romney.

She married George Romney while he was a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., after he convinced her to give up a budding acting career in Los Angeles. She abandoned a three-year contract she had just signed with MGM. The couple then moved to Michigan, where George Romney worked as an automobile executive.

When her husband was elected Governor of Michigan, she became the state's first lady. She moved back to Washington in 1969, when her husband became the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the administration of President Richard Nixon. In 1970, Mrs. Romney ran for the United States Senate from Michigan but was defeated by incumbent Democrat Philip A. Hart.

Lenore Romney died in Michigan and is interred in Fairview Cemetery in Brighton, Michigan, in the same grave as her husband.

ee also

* Mitt Romney

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