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Gerrit J. Diekema

The Honorable
Gerrit J. Diekema
31st Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by Daniel P. Markey
Succeeded by Philip B. Wachtel
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 1st Ottawa district
In office
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 5th district
In office
April 27, 1907 – March 3, 1911
Preceded by William Alden Smith
Succeeded by Edwin F. Sweet
Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party
In office
Preceded by Kennedy L. Potter
Succeeded by Howard C. Lawrence
In office
Preceded by Arthur Marsh
Succeeded by W.F. Knox
Personal details
Born Gerrit John Diekema
(1859-03-27)March 27, 1859
Holland, Michigan
Died December 20, 1930(1930-12-20) (aged 71)
The Hague, Netherlands
Resting place Pilgrim Home Cemetery, Holland, Michigan
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Michigan

Gerrit John Diekema (March 27, 1859 - December 20, 1930) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.


Diekema was born in Holland, Michigan where he attended the common schools and graduated from Hope College in 1881. In 1883, he graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Holland.

Diekema became a city attorney and a member of the Michigan State House of Representatives serving from 1885 to 1891 from Ottawa County 1st District, serving as speaker from 1889 to 1890. He became mayor of Holland in 1895 and chairman of the Michigan Republican Party ten consecutive years from 1900 to 1910. He was a delegate to the 1896 Republican National Convention and a member of the Spanish Treaty Claims Commission from 1901 until he resigned in 1907.

He was elected April 27, 1907, as a Republican from Michigan's 5th congressional district to the Sixtieth Congress, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William Alden Smith. He was subsequently re-elected to the Sixty-first Congress, serving from March 17, 1908 to March 3, 1911. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress and resumed the practice of law in Holland, Michigan.

He became manager of the Republican Speakers’ Bureau in Chicago in 1912 and a candidate in the primary for Governor of Michigan in 1916. He was a delegate to the 1924 Republican National Convention from Michigan. After seventeen years he was re-elected chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, serving from 1927 to 1929, a record total of twelve

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