Name of the collection:  Edward A. McLogan 
Inclusive years:  1960-1963 
Size of the collection:  4 linear ft. 
Acquisition:  The collection (donor no. 086) was deposited with the Genesee Historical Collections Center in January, 1985. 
Access:  There are no restrictions on access. 
Photographs:  Photographs were removed and are to be cataloged separately. 
Processed by:  Darwin C. Matthews, September, 1985.


Edward (Ted) A. McLogan was born in Flint in 1920.  He received his B.A. in political science from the University of Michigan in 1942.  While there, he was active in the R.O.T.C. program and, after graduating, served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

After the war, McLogan returned to Flint and worked in his father’s business, McLogan and Austin, Inc., on South Saginaw Street.  He was aware of how Michigan’s fiscal policies affected state and local economic conditions.  As a result, McLogan became interested in the political environment in the Republican Party.

McLogan was elected a delegate to the Michigan Constitutional Convention in September, 1961.  He was endorsed by the Flint Journal and the Detroit Free Press and received over 16,000 votes in the general election.  At the age of 41, he was the youngest of the five delegates representing Genesee County.  All of these delegates were Republicans, with McLogan being the most moderate.  In McLogan’s eyes, the convention had two primary objectives:  to formulate a document tailored to the needs of Michigan, and to see the constitution favorable voted upon by the people of Michigan.  In order to accomplish the latter objective, McLogan supported and urged the delegates to elect George Romney, a moderate-liberal, as the convention’s president.  McLogan felt that since the semi-independent Romney was not a Republican Party regular it would be easier to gain bipartisan support for the constitution.  The four other Genesee County delegates did not support either Romney or McLogan’s argument.  They all backed Republican Party regular and conservative delegate Edward Hutchinson.  In the voting for the convention’s president, neither Romney nor Hutchinson could gather the required votes, and a compromise candidate, Stephen S. Nesbit, was elected.

The Constitutional Convention began on October 3, 1961, and the final draft was completed in August, 1962.  The vote on the new constitution was held on April 1, 1963.  Edward McLogan actively promoted the new constitution.  He was the executive director of the Coordinating Committee for the New Constitution (CCNC).  This committee was based in Lansing and Detroit and included over 20 statewide organizations which supported the adoption of the new constitution.  The committee acted as an information bureau by issuing press releases, brochures, and pamphlets; by coordinating the activities of organizations and individuals working for the new constitution; and by making accurate and readily understandable information available.

The election was held on April 1, 1963, and the new constitution narrowly passed by a vote of 811,098 to 803,269.  Tom Downs and James H. Inglis, Democratic Party recount officials, requested a recount.  The CCNC emphasized the need for citizen interest in the recount and invited the organizations which had supported their cause to assist the CCNC in defending the new constitution.  The CCNC received help from numerous organizations, including the Michigan Republican Party and Volunteers for Romney.  The results of the recount showed the final tally to be 810,862 “yes” votes and 803,401 “no” votes, a margin of 7,431.  After this recount Downs and Inglis announced they had abandoned plans to make any further legal challenge. 


The records consist of five subgroups:  delegate files (1960-1962), correspondence (1961-1963), topical files (1961-1963), public policy statements and reports (1960-1963), and a tape-recorded debate (1963).

The delegate files contain records from various committees established by the Constitutional Convention.  McLogan was a member of the Committee on Local Government.  This committee’s records (eight folders) include agendas and minutes, proposals, minority reports, and statements given to the committee by concerned individuals and representatives of cities and townships.  There are also some records from the Subcommittee on County Government concerning the question of home rule.  There are two volumes of the Journal of the Constitutional Convention, October 3, 1961-March 20, 1962, and March 21, 1962-August 1, 1962.  These journals consist of reports on the daily activities of the convention.  Volume 2 includes subject indexes, history of committee proposals, history of articles and sections of the 1963 constitution, and a general index.

The correspondence files are arranged alphabetically, their original order having been retained.

The topical files consist of papers relating to McLogan’s activities with various individuals and organizations throughout Michigan.  Two substantial groups include the Citizens Research Council of Michigan and the Coordinating Committee for the New Constitution (CCNC).  The papers in the CCNC files express candid opinions.  They include the bylaws, correspondence, memoranda, campaign progress reports, and executive committee minutes.

The public policy statements and reports are papers that were issued by various individuals, organizations, and governmental agencies concerning various aspects of the new constitution.  Some issues that are addressed in these papers include constitutional aspects of state financial administration, legislative apportionment in Michigan, municipal and county home rule, corporations and the Michigan constitution, the executive and civil service in the new constitution, and the Michigan constitution and the judiciary.

These papers were sponsored by the Citizen’s Advisory Committee, the Citizen’s Research Council of Michigan, and the Office of the Governor (Michigan Constitutional Convention Studies).

The tape-recorded debate was sponsored by the Industrial Editors Association of Detroit.  The topic of the debate was “Should Michigan Voters Accept or Reject the Proposed Constitution on April 1, 1963?”  The debate was between Tom Downs and Richard Van Dusen. 


BOX 1 
DELEGATE FILES, 1960-1962 
        Committee on Administration, 1961 
        Committee on Education, 1961 
        Committee on the Executive Branch, 1961 
        Committee on the Judicial Branch, 1961 
        Committee on Local Government, 1960-1961 
                Action journals 
                Agenda and minutes 
                Reference sources 
                Statements given to the committee 
                Subcommittee on County Governments-Home Rule 
        Committee proposals, 1961-1962 
                1st reading 
                2nd reading 
        Constitution of the State of Michigan, as finally adopted by the Convention, May 11, 1962, with subject index to the current (1908) and 
          proposed (1962) constitution 
        Delegates column, 1961-1962 
        Journal of the Constitutional Convention 
                Volume 1 - Oct. 3, 1961-Mar. 20, 1962

BOX 2 
                Volume 2 - Mar. 21, 1962-Aug. 1, 1962 
        Cushman, Katherine 
        Delegate letters 
        Judd, Dorothy 
        Media plan 
                (1 of 2) 
                (2 of 2) 
        Morrison, Lee 
        Pollock, Dr. James 
        Speaker's bureau 

BOX 3 
TOPICAL FILES, 1961-1963 
        Anti-constitution organizations 
        Citizens Research Council of Michigan 
                (1 of 2) 
                (2 of 2) 
        Coordinating Committee for the New Constitution 
                Bylaws, correspondence, and memoranda 
                Campaign progress reports 
                Executive Committee minutes 
        Democratic response 
        Detroit Bar Association 
        Hannah, John A. 
        Institute of Public Administration, University of Michigan 
                Preparing for the Michigan Constitutional Convention 
                Profile of Candidates and Delegates:  Michigan Constitutional Convention, 1961-1962 
        League of Women Voters 
        McLogan, Edward 
        Metropolitan Club 
        Michigan Association of Professionals 
        Michigan Congress of Parents and Teachers 
        Michigan Education Association 
        Michigan Farm Bureau 
        Michigan Manufacturers Association 
        Michigan Municipal League 
        Michigan State Chamber of Commerce 
        Michigan State Chiropractic Association 
        Michigan State Dental Society 
        Michigan State Medical Society 
        Municipal Clerk Association of Michigan 
        Pamphlets and brochures 
                (1 of 3) 
                (2 of 3) 
                (3 of 3) 
        Press releases 
                (1 of 2) 
                (2 of 2) 
        Reference sources 
        Republican State Central Committee 
        Romney, Gov. George 
        Romney Volunteers 
        State Association of Supervisors 
        Swainson, Gov. John B. 
        Television programs 
        United Churchwomen of Michigan 
        Vaughan, Henry F. 
        Miscellaneous papers

BOX 4 
        Citizen's Advisory Committee 
                Executive Department 
                Judicial Department 
                Legislative Department 
                Local Government 
                Taxation and Finance 
        Citizen's Research Council of Michigan 
                A Comparative Analysis of the Michigan Constitution 
                        (1 volume) 
                        (2 volume) 
                Constitutional Aspects of State Financial Administration, by Frederick L. Bird 
                Constitutional Earmarking of State Tax Revenues 
                Legislative Apportionment in Michigan, by Charles W. Shull 
                Metropolitan Government, by William N. Cassella, Jr. 
                Municipal and County Home Rule for Michigan, by Arthur W. Bromage 
                The State Constitution: Its Nature and Purpose, by Paul G. Kauper 
        Michigan Constitutional Convention studies 
                The Constitution and the Legislature, by Herbert Garfinkel 
                Corporations and the Michigan Constitution, by Alfred F. Conard, R. W. Ogders, and T. R .Scanlon 
                The Declaration of Rights in the Michigan Constitution, by Charles Shull 
                Direct Government in Michigan, by Daniel S. McHargue 
                The Elective Franchise and the Michigan Constitution, by John P. White 
                The Executive and Civil Service in the Michigan Constitution, by Albert L. Strum and F. S. Steingold 
                Local Government and the Michigan Constitution, by Louis L. Friedland 
                The Meaning of American Constitutional Government, by Alfred H. Kelly 
                The Michigan Constitution and Eminent Domain, by Solomon Bienenfeld 
                The Michigan Constitution and the Judiciary, by Charles W. Joiner 
                Miscellaneous Problems 
                Rejected Amendments to the Michigan Constitution, 1910-1961, by Sidney Glazer 
                State Constitutional Provisions on Exemptions, by Robert E. Childs 
        Industrial Editors Association of Detroit, Tom Downs vs. Dick Van Dusen, "Should Michigan Voters Accept or Reject the Proposed Constitution
          on April 1, 1963?"