“He was extraordinary . . . my dad . . . I am a small shadow of the real deal.” As Turner and Field note in Mitt Romney: The Man, His Values, and His Vision: “Any father’s heart would swell to hear his son–especially his son the successful businessman, governor, and presidential candidate–describe him in such humble yet powerful terms” (Mapleton Publishing, 2007, p.1)
Mitt Romney was born March 12, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan and is the son of former Governor of Michigan and Presidential candidate George W. Romney. He and Ann have been married 36 years and have five sons (Tagg, Matt, Josh, Ben and Craig) and nine grandchildren.
Two hearty generations are linked together in Willard Mitt Romney:
Like his son, George Romney was a CEO, governor, and presidential candidate. The physical resemblance is striking: chiseled features, winning smile, and a full head of graying hair. But there are differences at every step along father and son’s journey, beginning with starkly different childhoods.
George Wilcken Romney was born on July 8, 1907, in Colonia Juarez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The Romneys, along with thousands of other Mormons, immigrated to Mexico in the 1880s. . . . the family prospered in Mexico, where George Romney’s father, Gaskell, was a successful building contractor. Then Pancho Villa swept across northern Mexico during the revolution at the start of the twentieth century.
Gaskill Romney and his family fled back to the United States in 1912. He became just another carpenter trying to feed his family. The Romneys spent the next decade on the move, from Texas, to Los Angeles, to Idaho before settling in Salt Lake City in 1921. (Ibid)
George served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) in Great Britain, where he managed to address crowds in London at Hyde Park and Tower Hill. Following his mission, serving two years as an ambassador of Jesus Christ as ordained “Mormon” elders do, he then spent some time in Washington, D.C. attending Washington University. After reconnecting with his high-school sweetheart, he married, settled in the area, and served as a lobbyist for Alcoa. He then began his tenure at American Motors, where the Romney talent to turnaround businesses manifested itself and where Mitt Romney, learned from his Latter-day Saint (Mormon) father, a great lesson: “Nothing is as dangerous as entrenched success.” (3)
See Mitt Romney, The Man, His Values and His Mission, Mapletree Publishing Company, Denver, CO, 2007.
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