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Martha Wright GRIFFITHS

(1912-2003)

GRIFFITHS, Martha Wright, a Representative from Michigan; born Martha Edna Wright, January 29, 1912, Pierce City, Lawrence County, Mo.; attended the public schools; B.A., University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., 1934; graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Mich., 1940; lawyer, private practice; legal department, American Automobile Insurance Co., 1941-1942; Detroit, Mich., Ordnance District contract negotiator, 1942-1946; elected to the Michigan state house of representatives, 1948-1952; appointed as recorder and judge of Recorders Court in Detroit, 1953; elected as judge, 1953-1954; delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1956 and 1968; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Eighty-third Congress in 1952; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fourth and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1955-December 31, 1974); was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-fourth Congress in 1974; lieutenant governor of Michigan, 1982-1991; died on April 22, 2003, in Amarda, Mich..

Bibliography

George, Emily. Martha W. Griffiths. Washington, D.C.: University Press of America, 1982.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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