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The Honorable Robert P. Griffin
Class of: 1950

Source: Portrait from the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society website

 
Biography

Robert P. Griffin served as a Michigan Supreme Court justice from 1987 through 1994.
 
Robert P. Griffin was born on November 6, 1923, in Detroit, Michigan. He attended public schools in Garden City and Dearborn. He received his A.B. and B.S. from Central Michigan University in 1947, and in that same year he married Majorie Jean Anderson on May 10. In 1950, he received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
 
Griffin served in the United States Army from 1943 until 1946. He began his professional career working as a law clerk for Michigan Supreme Court Justice John Dethmers. With Dethmers' assistance, Griffin found a place in a Traverse City law firm and began practicing law. He practiced from 1950 until 1956 when he was elected to the United States House of Representatives. Griffin was continuously re-elected to that office until 1966, when he was appointed to the United States Senate by Governor George Romney. Griffin was then elected to the Senate in 1966 and was re-elected in 1972.
 
Griffin was the first chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation.
 
A colleague stated that, "Bob Griffin, you know, didn't have to come here. By the late 1970s he had served in Washington under some six Presidents, and he had established a reputation for personal integrity that few could hope to match. Men as diverse as Abe Fortas and Richard Nixon learned to their dismay that Bob Griffin knew right from wrong and would call each by its proper name."
 
Griffin himself stated that, "I have enjoyed the honor of earlier government service in other capacities. However, I can say without hesitation that I have never worked harder, nor have I met a higher calling, than as a member of this Court." (Michigan Supreme Court. Michigan Reports: Cases Decided by the Supreme Court of Michigan. Rochester, N.Y.: Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Co., 1949--1998, Vol. 447.)
 
--  From the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society website
 
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Abbott, Lysle Iver
Adley, Vincent Peter
Agata, Burton C.
Albright, Robert Elmer
Alexander, Marilynn
Alfs, Alfred William
Alfvin, Donald Wesley
Anderson, Paul Edward
Anderson, Wayne Audger
Andrews, James E.
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Bisbee, Clark James
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Boozer, Gordon Butler
Boris, Walter Raoul
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Brake, Richard J.
Brake, Robert Merle
Bright, Gerald
Brown, Allison White
Brown, George Henry
Brown, James John
Brown, Lawrence Anton
Brown, Lois H.
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Bryant, Stephen Allison
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Churchill, James Paul
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Conn, Richard H.
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Coughlin, William Ambrose
Craig, Robert F.
Crippen, James Arthur
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