Mike Gravel

Gravel in 2007, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Maurice Robert Gravel

Place of Birth: Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 13, 1930

Ethnicity: French-Canadian

Mike Gravel is an American politician. As a member of the Democratic Party, he was Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives, from January 25, 1965 to January 22, 1967, and a U.S. Senator from Alaska, from January 3, 1969 to January 3, 1981. He was a member of the Libertarian Party from 2008 to 2010.

He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2008 and 2020, and for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for President of the United States, in 2008.

Mike is the son of Marie Delia (Bourassa) and Alphonse Gravel. His parents were French-Canadian, from Québec. His father was from Sorel-Tracy, Pierre-De Saurel Regional County Municipality. Mike is married to Whitney Stewart. He has two children with his former wife, Rita (Martin). Rita was Anchorage, Alaska’s Miss Fur Rendezvous 1958.

Mike’s maternal grandfather was Frédéric Bourassa (the son of Louis Bourassa and Edmire Allard). Frédéric was born in Québec.

Mike’s maternal grandmother was Caroline Baril (the daughter of Hyacinthe Baril and Caroline Landry). Mike’s grandmother Caroline was born in Vermont. Hyacinthe was the son of Jean Baptiste Baril and Marie Marguerite Savoie. Caroline was the daughter of Pascal Landry and Marie Geneviève Laprise/Dufour.

Sources: Genealogy of Mike Gravel – http://www.wargs.com

Genealogy of Mike Gravel (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

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