Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
BLACKNEY, William Wallace (1876-1963)

BLACKNEY, WILLIAM WALLACE, a Representative from Michigan; born in Clio, Genesee County, Mich., August 28, 1876; attended the public schools, Olivet College, Olivet, Mich., and Ferris School, Big Rapids, Mich.; moved to Flint, Mich., in 1904; served as county clerk of Genesee County 1905-1912; was graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1912; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Flint, Mich.; served as assistant prosecuting attorney of Genesee County 1913-1917; member of the Flint School Board 1924-1934; member of the Republican State central committee 1925-1930; instructor in the General Motors Co. technical night school for sixteen years; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-fourth Congress (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1937); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress; elected to the Seventy-sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1939-January 3, 1953); was not a candidate for renomination in 1952; retired to Flint, Mich., until his death there March 14, 1963; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Clio, Mich.

State Archives of Michigan
Michigan Historical Center
Lansing, MI
Papers: 1938-1963, 4 cubic feet.
This collection consists of mainly scrapbooks containing newspapers clippings, reports, drafts of speeches, correspondence, invitations, commemorative booklets, campaign posters, and brochures. Some of the subjects covered include the question of neutrality, naval armaments, New Deal legislation and elections. Other materials in the collection include legislation introduced by Rep. William Blackney, speeches in the Congressional Record, photographs, an obituary, and a photo album with images of a tour of the South Pacific during World War II. A guide describing the collection is available in the reading room of the State Archives.


University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the records of the Association of Catholic Business Women, 1939, 2 items.
Includes correspondence from Rep. William Blackney concerning his views on the neutrality question.

Papers: In the Owen J. Cleary Papers, 1944-1959, 10 linear feet and 2 volumes.
Correspondents include William W. Blackney. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the John R. Dethmers papers, 1928-1970, 11 linear feet.
Correspondents include William W. Blackney.

Papers: In the Frank Dwight Fitzgerald Papers, 1928-1944, 27 linear feet.
Correspondents include William W. Blackney. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Charles M. Ziegler Papers, 1928-1959, 3 linear feet and 9 volumes.
Correspondents include William W. Blackney. A finding aid is available in the library.

  • United States. Congress. House. Committee on House Administration. Contested election case of George D. Stevens versus William W. Blackney, 6th Congressional District of Michigan. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1950.