- Ray C. Bliss
Ray C. Bliss (1907–1981) was one of the important national
U.S.Republican Party leaders of the 1960s and served as Chairman of the Republican National Committeefrom 1965 to 1969. He helped to pull the Republican party back together after Barry Goldwater's defeat in 1964 and his work culminated in the election of Richard M. Nixonas president in 1968. He had been OhioRepublican state chair (1954–1965) and was a delegate to Republican National Conventionfrom Ohio in 1956 and 1960.
Bliss was an
Akron, Ohionative and 1935 graduate of the University of Akronwhere he was initiated as a member of Phi Kappa Taufraternity. Bliss is the namesake of the Ray C. Bliss Insititute for Applied Politicsestablished in 1986 at the University of Akronto promote citizen knowledge and participation in the political process, values in which Bliss strongly believed. Bliss served over nine years on the University of Akron Board of Trustees and was chair of the board at the time of his death.
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