Biography of William W. Willard
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Willard, William Wallace, was born in Troy, N. Y., July 30, 1843, and received his education in the ward schools of the city and the Troy Academy. He is the son of Levi Willard, one of Troy's oldest residents, having commenced his business career in the year 1840, and had until the time of his death been engaged in the book, stationery and newspaper business; he died in the year 1892; his mother was Mary E. Plumb, born in Stockbridge, Mass., and died in Troy, in February, 1895. Mr. Willard has always been a resident of the city and was connected with his father in business; from a young man he was active in politics and has always been a prominent Democrat; was elected school commissioner in November, 1868, by the board of commissioners to fill a vacancy in the board, L. E. Gurley retiring. He was appointed police commissioner by the Hon. Edward Murphy, jr., mayor, in 1876, which office he held until 1880; he was also at one time clerk of the Board of Excise, and in the reorganization of the present police force in the year 1885, he was appointed superintendent of police, and has held that position until the present time. in his younger days he always took an active part in the elections of the Troy Young Men's Association, and held office therein. He is a member of the Elks Lodge of this city and an exempt fireman of the Arba Read Steamer Co. He was married to Miss Kittie S. Dorlon, daughter of Philip S. Dorlon, in June, 1869. His wife died in December, 1894. He has one daughter living, Mary E. Willard.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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