Lenore Romney

Born Nov 9, 1908

Lenore LaFount Romney was the wife of American businessman and politician George W. Romney and was First Lady of Michigan from 1963 to 1969. She was the Republican Party nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1970 from Michigan. Her youngest son, Mitt Romney, is the former Governor of Massachusetts and was the 2012 Republican presidential nominee.… Read More

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1908 Birth Lenore LaFount was born on November 9, 1908, in Logan, Utah, the second of four daughters Alma Luella (née Robison; 1882–1938) and Harold Arundel Lafount (1880–1952). … Read More


1924 15 Years Old In 1924, during her junior year, she and senior George W. Romney became high-school sweethearts. … Read More
1926 17 Years Old She graduated from high school in 1926 after only three years and attended the University of Utah for two years, while George went to England and Scotland to serve as a Mormon missionary (making her "promise never to kiss anybody" while he was away). … Read More
1927 18 Years Old In 1927, she was one of six attractive young women chosen to welcome Charles Lindbergh to Salt Lake City following his historic Spirit of St. Louis flight, and she was featured on the front page of the Salt Lake Telegram as a result. … Read More


1929 20 Years Old The family moved to Washington, D.C., and Lenore transferred to George Washington University, where she graduated with an A.B. degree in English literature in June 1929 after spending only three years total in college. … Read More
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She received a performance award there in 1930. … Read More
1931 22 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Turning down a contract offer with them, she married George Romney in 1931. … Read More
1933 24 Years Old During 1933–1934, Lenore hosted a 15-minute weekly program, Poetical Hitchhiking, on Washington's famed radio station WRC where she selected and read the poems. (The staff announcer who introduced her was Arthur Godfrey.) She also directed student plays at George Washington University.
1935 26 Years Old The couple's first child, Margo Lynn (known as Lynn) was born in 1935 after a difficult childbirth, and Lenore became a stay-at-home mother. … Read More


1947 38 Years Old However, Lenore became pregnant, and after a difficult pregnancy – lying still on her back for a month in hospital during one stretch – and delivery, Willard Mitt (known as Mitt) was born in 1947. … Read More


1953 44 Years Old In 1953, Lenore suffered another health crisis when a blood transfusion of the wrong type put her life in danger, but she recovered. In 1954, George was named president and chairman of American Motors Corporation. … Read More


When her husband decided to enter electoral politics by running for Governor of Michigan in 1962, Lenore Romney said she and the family supported him: "I know it will be difficult – not easy. … Read More
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She was a member of the Women's City Club in Detroit, but in 1967, said she would resign unless the club dropped a policy barring black guests from eating in its dining room.
She was an asset to her husband's 1968 presidential campaign. … Read More


1969 60 Years Old However, George came up with the idea of Lenore running, and sprung it on Lenore and the children at the end of 1969. … Read More
During the initial February 21, 1970, meeting, Lenore Romney faced opposition from liberal U.S. Representative Donald W. Riegle, Jr. and conservative State Senator Robert J. Huber. … Read More
1971 62 Years Old By late 1971, she assumed some of First Lady Pat Nixon's role as a public advocate for volunteerism, visiting regional volunteer centers with other cabinet and administration wives.
1972 63 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 1972 U.S. presidential election, Lenore Romney worked in the women's surrogate program for the Committee for the Re-Election of the President.
1973 64 Years Old After George Romney left the administration and politics in January 1973, Lenore continued with volunteerism, as vice president of the National Center for Voluntary Action.
1974 65 Years Old In 1974, she became a commentator on the WJR radio show Point of View. … Read More
1994 85 Years Old At age 85, Lenore Romney emerged to give interviews during her son Mitt's 1994 campaign for the U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts. … Read More
1995 86 Years Old On July 26, 1995, George Romney died of a heart attack at the age of 88 while he was exercising on his treadmill at the couple's home in Bloomfield Hills; he was discovered by Lenore (after she went looking for him, not having found her rose for the day), but it was too late to save him. … Read More
1998 90 Years Old She died several days later at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, on July 7, 1998. … Read More
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