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William S. Broomfield

Broomfield and Dali Lama
Broomfield and the Dali Lama

Broomfield and Mandela
Broomfield and Nelson Mandela

Who Is Representative William S. Broomfield?

William S. Broomfield served in the Michigan State House of Representatives (1949-1954) where he served as Speaker Pro Tempore in 1953 and served in the State Senate from 1955-1956. Also, Broomfield served as a member of the US House of Representatives from 1957-1993 where he served the 18th and 19th districts of Michigan. During his time he experienced the Cold War and many leaders associated with the time including Nelson Mandela, Anwar Sadat, the Dali Lama and many more.

As a ranking member on the Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Broomfield had considerable influence on the Cold War. He noted in his final newsletter to his constituents, “I have been privileged to have had a seat near the center of that epic and protracted conflict – through all sorts of Cold War conflicts, major and minor: the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, the crisis in 1962; the war in Vietnam in the 1960’s and 1970’s; the Solidarity Movement in Poland; the dismantling of the Berlin Wall in 1989; the freeing of the Captive Nations; the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991; and all sorts of other conflicts ranging from the Falkland Islands to the Congo to Teheran and Tiananmen Square.”

What is his connection to the Rochester Hills Museum?

Born in Royal Oak, Michigan on April 28, 1922 to Naomi ‘Fern’ Taylor and Dr. S. C. Broomfield, Bill joined a family with deep Oakland County roots.

A plaque in memory of Broomfield’s mother is housed at the entrance of the Van Hoosen Dairy Barn and reads: 

 Fern Taylor McLott Broomfield
A fifth generation descendant of the Lemuel Taylor Family, the original settlers of Stoney Creek Village.
Cousin of Sarah Van Hoosen Jones

What is The Broomfield Center for Leadership?

The Broomfield Center for Leadership will consist of lectures, seminars, and programs that reflect on various leadership topics that will be discussed and shared with our community and cover a broad range of topics from politics, philanthropy, history, and more. It will also reflect on core democratic principals and provide programs that educate and challenge our community to be active members of a democratic society.

Programs will be held in the Museum’s adaptively reused Calf Barn which was philanthropically supported by the Broomfield Charitable Trust.

How will The Broomfield Center for Leadership serve the museum and our community?

The Rochester Hills Museum will house archival papers from Congressman Broomfield and these materials will be available for research about the Cold War and the exceptional leadership of Congressman Broomfield.

 “People tell you it must be hard to work with Congress, but then, I think of people like you and I can respond that Congress is made up of dedicated, outstanding men and women, like Bill Broomfield, who are totally committed to the welfare of our country and its people…”
General Colin L. Powell
Assistant to the president for National Security Affairs
December 22, 1988 

 Past Lectures

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