William Maillard

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Person.png William Maillard  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(diplomat, politician)
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BornWilliam Somers Mailliard
Belvedere, California, U.S.
Died1992-06-10 (Age 75)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Alma materTaft School, Yale University, Naval War College
SpouseElizabeth Whinny Millicent Fox

William Somers Mailliard was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California.

Early Life

He was born in Belvedere, California; attended elementary and secondary schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Taft School, Watertown, Connecticut, 1933–1935. He graduated from Yale University in 1939; engaged in the banking business with American Trust Co., San Francisco, Calif., in 1940 and 1941.

Was assistant naval attaché in the United States Embassy in London in 1939 and 1940; with Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, D.C., in 1941 and 1942; attended the Naval War College in 1942; was assigned to duty on staff of Seventh Amphibious Force as flag lieutenant and aide to Vice Adm. D.E. Barbey in 1943 and released to inactive duty in March 1946 as a lieutenant commander; Captain, USNR; awarded Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal; promoted to commander in 1950 and to rear admiral in 1965 in the Naval Reserve.

He resumed his banking career in 1946 and 1947 and was assistant to the director of the California Youth Authority in 1947 and 1948. An unsuccessful Republican candidate for election in 1948 to the 81st Congress and secretary to Gov. Earl Warren 1948–1951. Executive assistant to the director of the California Academy of Sciences in 1951 and 1952.


He was elected as a Republican to Congress in 1952, against liberal Democrat Franck Havenner through anti-communist campaigning. He sat in Congress until his resignation March 5, 1974, after his district was redistributed. He was the last Republican to represent San Francisco in Congress. [1]

As an “Eisenhower Republican”, Mailliard voted in favor of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957,[2] 1960,[3] 1964,[4] and 1968,[5] as well as the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.[6][7]

Organization of American States

He was a permanent Representative of the United States to the Organization of American States with the rank of Ambassador, March 7, 1974, to February 1, 1977 and nominated by President Gerald R. Ford and confirmed by the United States Senate on December 10, 1975, to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Foundation.

He also had a wife, Elizabeth Whinny, who had four of his eight children. William S. Mailliard Jr, Antoinette Mailliard, Henry Ward Mailliard, and Kristina Mailliard. He then remarried, to Millicent Fox, and had three children; Julia Mailliard, Josephine Mailliard, and Leigh Mailliard. Mailliard died in San Francisco on June 10, 1992, his seventy-fifth birthday.


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