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Wounded warrior : the rise and fall of Michigan Governor John Swainson /
Lawrence M. Glazer.
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East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, c2010.
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xi, 322 p.
ISBN
0870139711 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780870139710 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, c2010.
isbn
0870139711 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780870139710 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
7340125
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Few people today remember John Swainson. As a teenage soldier he lost both legs in a WWII landmine explosion. Back in the United States, following a meteoric political rise in the Michigan State Senate, Swainson was elected as Michigan's youngest governor since Stevens T. Mason. In 1970 Swainson was elected to the Michigan Supreme Court, becoming one of the few public officials to have served in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of state government. Then, in 1957, he was indicted on federal charges of bribery and perjury, and convicted of lying to a federal grand jury. Forced to leave the state Supreme Court and disbarred from practicing law, he became a pariah, sinking into depression and alcoholism. He virtually disappeared from public view. Lawrence M. Glazer re-examines the FBI's investigation of Swainson and delves into his 1975 trial in detail. He reveals new information from eye-witnesses who never testified and, in a poignant coda, relates the little-known story of Swainson's rehabilitation and return to public life as a historian.
Main Description
New evidence in the bribery trial of Michigan's once-loved but now forgotten governor and politician, John Swainson. As a teenage soldier he lost both legs in a WWII landmine explosion. Back in the United States, following a meteoric political rise in the Michigan State Senate, Swainson was elected as Michigan's youngest governor since Stevens T. Mason. In 1970, Swainson was elected to the Michigan Supreme Court, becoming one of the few public officials to have served in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of state government. Then, in 1975, he was indicted on federal charges of bribery and perjury, and convicted of lying to a federal grand jury. Forced to leave the state Supreme Court and disbarred from practicing law, he became a pariah, sinking into depression and alcoholism. He virtually disappeared from public view. Lawrence Glazer re-examines the FBI's investigation of Swainson and delves into his 1975 trial in detail. He reveals new information from eyewitnesses who never testified and, in a poignant coda, relates the little-known story of Swainson's rehabilitation and return to public life as a historian. B/W photos, notes, bibliography, index.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
The Rise
Goadp. 3
Amputeep. 8
The Best-Adjusted Veteranp. 20
A Party Rebornp. 27
Legislatorp. 37
The Primary: A Major Upsetp. 46
The General Election: A Squeakerp. 54
Governor, Year One: Stumblesp. 67
Governor, Year Two: Almostp. 83
You Know You're No Longer Governor Whenp. 100
The Supreme Courtp. 117
The Fall
The Burglaryp. 133
The Strike Forcep. 142
The Grand Juryp. 153
The Trial: Prosecutionp. 167
The Trial: Defensep. 178
The Trial: Verdictp. 188
The Trial Reconsideredp. 201
Governor, Convicted and Diedp. 213
The Snitchp. 221
Pariahp. 227
A More Difficult Recoveryp. 235
Reflectionsp. 248
Afterwordp. 257
Acknowledgmentsp. 259
The 1960 Election: The Numbersp. 265
The 1962 Election: The Numbersp. 267
The Grand Jury in Historyp. 271
Notesp. 275
Bibliographyp. 303
Indexp. 307
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