- Lenore Romney
name=Lenore LaFount Romney
death_date=death date and age|1998|7|7|1908|11|9
parents=Alma Luella Robison (mother)
Harold Arundel (father)
George W. Romney(1931-1995)
G. Scott RomneyLenore LaFount Romney ( November 9, 1908– July 7, 1998) was a former First Lady of Michigan and a Michiganpolitician in her own right.
Lenore was born in
Logan, Utahto 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 Huguenotmale 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, Mayflowerpassenger ( 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, 1931in 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 automobileexecutive.
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 Developmentin the administration of President Richard Nixon. In 1970, Mrs. Romney ran for the United States Senatefrom Michigan but was defeated by incumbentDemocrat Philip A. Hart.
Lenore Romney died in
Michiganand is interred in Fairview Cemeteryin Brighton, Michigan, in the same grave as her husband.
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