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J. Edward Hutchinson

J. Edward Hutchinson (October 13, 1914 – July 22, 1985) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

Hutchinson was born in Fennville, Michigan and graduated from Fennville High School in 1932, and from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1936. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1938; was admitted to the bar in 1938 and began the practice of law in Allegan, Michigan.

Hutchinson enlisted as a private in the United States Army in January 1941, served as a noncommissioned officer in the Fourteenth Coast Artillery, as a captain in the Transportation Corps, and was discharged in April 1946.

Hutchinson was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1946 and 1948, and was a member of the Michigan Senate, 1951-1960. He was a delegate to the 1948 Republican National Convention and chairman of the Republican State convention in April 1952. He was delegate and vice president of the constitutional convention, in 1961 and 1962 that resulted in the Michigan Constitution of 1963.

Hutchinson was elected as a Republican from Michigan's 4th congressional district to the 88th United States Congress and to the six succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1963 to January 3, 1977). He was not a candidate for reelection in 1976. He was the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee during the impeachment process against Richard Nixon. Although he was long considered loyal to Nixon, in August 1974 Hutchinson called for Nixon's resignation or impeachment because of the Watergate scandal.

Hutchinson was a resident of Fennville, Michigan, until his death in Naples, Florida. He was interred at the Fennville Village Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "J. Edward Hutchinson (id: H001011)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard
  • Obituary New York Times July 24, 1985 (accessed February 10, 2007)
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Clare Hoffman
United States Representative for the 4th Congressional District of Michigan
1963 – 1977
Succeeded by
David Stockman