Wilber Marion Brucker
|Wilber Marion Brucker|
|Brucker as Secretary of the Army by Charles J Fox|
|32nd Governor of Michigan|
January 1, 1931 – January 1, 1933
|Lieutenant||Luren D. Dickinson|
|Preceded by||Fred Green|
|Succeeded by||William Comstock|
|5th United States Secretary of the Army|
July 21, 1955 – January 19, 1961
|President||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
June 23, 1894|
|Died||October 28, 1968
|Spouse(s)||Clara Helen Hantel; one child|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
Wilber Marion Brucker (June 23, 1894 – October 28, 1968)  was an American Republican politician. Born in Saginaw, Michigan, he served as the 32nd Governor of Michigan from 1931 to 1933 and as the United States Secretary of the Army between July 21, 1955 and January 19, 1961.
Early life 
Brucker was born in Saginaw, Michigan, the son of U.S. Representative Ferdinand Brucker. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1916 and enlisted in the Michigan National Guard, serving with its 33rd Infantry Regiment on the Mexican border, 1916-1917. He attended First Officers’ Training Camp in Fort Sheridan, Illinois, and was commissioned a second lieutenant of Infantry. He then served in France during World War I with the 166th Infantry, 42d Division, in the Château Thierry, St. Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne operations, 1917–1918.
After the war, Brucker was assistant prosecuting attorney of Saginaw County, 1919–1923, and then prosecuting attorney, 1923–1927. He married Clara Hantel in 1923. He served as assistant attorney general of Michigan, 1927–1928, and as Michigan Attorney General, 1928–1930.
In 1930 he was elected as Michigan's 32nd Governor, serving only one term after being defeated in 1932 by Democrat William Comstock. During his two years in office, the police force in Michigan increased and a new state police headquarters in Lansing was authorized. Also, legislation was sanctioned that allowed a grand jury to scrutinize municipal fraud. In 1936, Brucker defeated incumbent U.S. Senator James Couzens in the Republican primary elections, but lost to Democrat Prentiss M. Brown in the general election. From 1922–1937 was also a captain in the U.S. Army Officer Reserve Corps.
He was a member of the law firm of Clark, Klein, Brucker, and Waples, 1937–1954, and served as general counsel of the Department of Defense, 1954–1955, during the Army-McCarthy Hearings. In 1955, Brucker was appointed by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower as Secretary of the Army, serving from July 21, 1955 to January 19, 1961. Brucker administered the Army during a period of major technological advance, especially in the missile-satellite field, and at a time when the Army’s place in the national defense structure was overshadowed by a philosophy of "massive retaliation". Under his direction the Army instituted a five-element (pentagonal) organization concept for the division, established a Strategic Army Corps for emergency reaction, and launched the United States’ first satellite, Explorer I.
He returned to legal practice in Detroit with the firm of Brucker and Brucker, 1961–1968, and was a member of the Board of Directors of Freedoms Foundation. He died in 1968, and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
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- National Governors Association
William W. Potter
|Michigan Attorney General
1928 – 1930
Paul W. Voorhies
|Governor of Michigan
Robert TenBroek Stevens
|United States Secretary of the Army
July 1955–January 1961
Elvis Jacob Stahr, Jr.