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Wade Van Valkenburg
54th Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives

In office
January 14, 1953 – December 31, 1956
Governor G. Mennen Williams
Preceded by Victor A. Knox
Succeeded by George Van Peursem
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
In office
Judge for Michigan's 9th Circuit

In office
Personal details
Born (1899-01-16)January 16, 1899
Tipton, Michigan
Died November 20, 1985(1985-11-20) (aged 86)
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Political party Republican
Residence Kalamazoo, Michigan
Alma mater Detroit College of Law
University of Michigan
Profession Attorney
Religion Presbyterian
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Flag of the United States Marine Corps.svg United States Marine Corps
Battles/wars World War I

Wade Van Valkenburg was a Republican politician from Michigan who served as the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives and as a local judge.

Born in Tipton on January 16, 1899, Van Valkenburg graduated from the University of Michigan and from the then-Detroit College of Law. He served in the United States Marine Corps during World War I.

After losing in the primary election in 1944, Van Valkenburg was elected to represent the 1st Kalamazoo district in the State House in 1946 and served until 1956. He was elected Speaker of the House for his final four years.

Nine years after leaving the House, Van Valkenburg became a circuit judge for Michigan's 9th Circuit, which consists of Kalamazoo County, where he served for three years. He was a member of the Freemasons, the Shriners, Kiwanis, and the American Legion.[1]

Van Valkenburg died on November 20, 1985 in Kalamazoo.[2]

In 2004, the Wade Van Valkenburg Trust established a scholarship program for students in Kalamazoo County who have been found guilty of a criminal offense and who can demonstrate how they have overcome adversity in their life.[3]


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