Robert J. Huber

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Robert J. Huber
Robert J. Huber.jpg
United States Representative from Michigan's 18th congressional district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1975
Preceded byWilliam S. Broomfield
Succeeded byJames J. Blanchard
Michigan State Senator from Oakland County
In office
Personal details
Robert James Huber

(1922-08-29)August 29, 1922
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
DiedApril 23, 2001(2001-04-23) (aged 78)
Troy, Michigan
Resting placeMemory Gardens Cemetery in Hope, Arkansas
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary Pauline "Polly" Tolleson Huber (married 1952-2001, his death)
ChildrenNo children
Alma materUniversity of Detroit

Culver Military Academy

Yale University
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Battles/warsWorld War II

Robert James "Bob" Huber (August 29, 1922 – April 23, 2001) was a Republican politician and businessman from the U.S. state of Michigan.

Life and career[edit]

Huber was born in Detroit, where he completed public school. He attended the University of Detroit Jesuit High School from 1935 to 1937 and graduated from Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana, in 1939. In 1943, he received a Bachelor of Science from the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Huber served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946. Huber was a banker-businessman. From 1959 to 1964, he was the mayor of Troy, Michigan. He also served simultaneously from 1959 to 1963 on the board of supervisors of suburban Oakland County. He was a member of the Michigan Senate from 1965 to 1970.

Huber was elected from Michigan's 18th congressional district to the 93rd United States Congress, having served from January 3, 1973, to January 3, 1975. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1974, the year of Watergate, having been defeated by the future Democratic Governor of Michigan, James J. Blanchard. He ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination to the United States Senate from Michigan in 1970, 1976, 1982, and 1988, having been defeated each time by Lenore Romney, Marvin L. Esch, Philip Ruppe, and James Whitney Dunn, respectively. Lenore Romney was then defeated by the Democrat Philip A. Hart; Esch, Ruppe, and Dunn then lost to the Democrat Donald W. Riegle, Jr.

Huber was chairman of the board of Michigan Chrome and Chemical Company. He died in Troy, Michigan.

Mrs. Huber, the former Mary Pauline "Polly" Tolleson (July 10, 1923 – January 25, 2005), was a native of Oklahoma who was reared in Hope, Arkansas. She graduated in 1941 from Hope High School and in 1945 from Texas Woman's University (then Texas State College for Women) in Denton, Texas. She worked for American Airlines before her marriage in 1952. After her husband's death, Mrs. Huber returned to Hope. Over the years, she was active in the Republican Party and the Roman Catholic Church. She was survived by a brother, William E. Tolleson, Sr., of Hope and a sister-in-law, Jane Huber of Royal Oak, Michigan.

Huber gravestone at Memory Gardens Cemetery south of Hope, Arkansas

The Hubers are interred at Memory Gardens Cemetery south of Hope. They had no children.


  • United States Congress. "Robert J. Huber (id: H000897)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard
  • Obituaries for January 27, 2005 Online Hope Star

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William S. Broomfield
United States Representative for the 18th Congressional District of Michigan
1973 – 1975
Succeeded by
James J. Blanchard