Biography of Thomas M. Wills
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THOMAS M. WILLS, chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Pinal County, is one of the pioneers whose energetic career has done so much to make Arizona one of the greatest states in the union. His father was Harrison Roland Wills and his mother Rachel Elizabeth Gann. Thomas Wills was born January 17, 1866, in Mariposa County, California, but when he was very young the family moved to Bakersfield, California, where his father engaged in the stock business and became prominent on account of his business qualifications and his strong personality. Thomas Wills was educated in California, and coming to Arizona July 5, 1883, he settled in Agua Caliente. He lived there about a year, then moved to San Pedro, where he has since lived, except for a short time in 1892 when he was with the Arizona Charley Wild West Show, which started for the World's Fair in Chicago and was a big advertisement for Arizona. Soon after coming to this state Wills became a stockman and rancher and has succeeded until today he is one of the big men in his line in the state. He was almost forced into public life and in 1900 was elected for a two years' term as supervisor. At the end of this term he was elected for a four year term as sheriff. He was afterward elected twice for a four year term as supervisor and during two years of the first term was chairman of the board, which position he now fills. In 1910 he was elected to the Constitutional Convention. Mr. Wills is a member of Tucson Lodge No. 385 of the Elks, being one of the oldest members of this order in the state. He is also a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Mystic Shrine. In 1895 Mr. Wills married Miss Elizabeth C. Chamberlain.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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