Biography of William Madgett
Adams County, NE Biographies





William Madgett, mayor of Hastings and recognized as one of the prominent representatives of the republican party in Nebraska, has been well known in the business circles of his city for a number of years as a prominent real estate dealer, handling important property interests. He is a native son of New York, his birth having occurred in Broome county on the 9th of July, 1878, his parents being James and Mary Madgett, of whom mention is made elsewhere in this work. During his youthful days he was brought to the west and he supplemented his district school training by further study in the schools of Hastings. He began earning his living by selling papers on the streets and, like many another self made man, has risen to prominence, becoming a leader of public thought and action. When his school days were over he became identified with banking interests and for nine years occupied the position of accountant. He then went to Holstein, Nebraska, where he organized the Holstein Bank, which he conducted for a brief period. He then returned to Hastings and opened a real estate office in connection with his brother. Since that time he has continuously operated in the real estate field here, has become the owner of valuable property, including one of the finet buildings in the city, and has negotiated many important realty transfers. His plans are well formulated, his enterprise is unfaltering and his enthusiasm is contagious.

Mr. Madgett was married in 1899 to Miss Pauline E. Nance and they have a little daughter who bears the mother's name. Their religious faith is that of the Episcopal church, while in fraternal relations Mr. Madgett is well known as a Consistory Mason, a Mystic Shriner and a member of the Knights of Pythias. He has given his political allegiance to the republican party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise and has taken a more and more active part in politics as he has been aroused to the needs and demands of the hour. In 1915 he was elected mayor of Hastings and is giving to the city a businesslike, progressive administration based upon his thorough knowledge of municipal conditions and problems problems for which he finds a ready and correct solution. On account of friends urging him to do so he has become a candidate for the republican nomination for governor. His position is never an equivocal one. He stands loyally for a cause in which he believes and he advocates woman suffrage; conservation of the state's natural resources, such as rivers, streams and lakes for water power and irrigation purposes; loan of state school money on Nebraska farm mortgages; a more thorough and uniform system of public accounting, so the different offices will have a check on each other; a commission to pass upon the constitutionality and validity of proposed bills before they are enacted into law by the legislature; and a good roads law requiring more and better work done upon our public highways and providing that convict labor and the proceeds shall be appropriated by the state for such purposes. Mr. Madgett regards a public office as a public trust and his loyalty and progressiveness in the office of mayor indicate the course which he would follow should he become the state's chief executive.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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