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William Hathaway
William Hathaway
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Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission

February 8, 1990 - November 11, 1999
George H.W. Bush (1990)
Bill Clinton (1993)
Thomas F. Moakley
Joseph E. Brennan
United States Senator
from Maine

January 3, 1973 - January 3, 1979
Margaret Chase Smith
William Cohen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 2nd district

January 3, 1965 - January 3, 1973
Clifford McIntire
William Cohen
Personal details
William Dodd Hathaway

(1924-02-21)February 21, 1924
DiedJune 24, 2013(2013-06-24) (aged 89)
McLean, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materHarvard University
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUSAAC Roundel 1919-1941.svg United States Army Air Corps
Years of service1942-1946
Battles/warsWorld War II

William Dodd Hathaway (February 21, 1924 – June 24, 2013) was an American politician and lawyer from Maine.[1]

Early life

Hathaway was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He served in World War II in the United States Army Air Corps, where he was shot down while bombing the Ploie?ti, Romania oil fields during Operation Tidal Wave and was a prisoner of war for over two months. He was awarded the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

After the war he attended Harvard University, graduating in 1949, and Harvard Law School, graduating in 1953. He then moved to Maine and practiced law in Lewiston.

Political career

He served as Assistant County Attorney for Androscoggin County from 1955 to 1957, and he was a Hearing Examiner for the State Liquor Commission from 1957 to 1961.

A Democrat, in 1964 he was elected to the U.S. House from the 2nd District, and he served from 1965 until 1973. This was a time of resurgence for Democrats in Maine, at that time a traditionally Republican state. The same period saw the growth of the political careers of Edmund S. Muskie and Kenneth M. Curtis.

In 1972 Hathaway ran for the United States Senate and defeated four-term Republican incumbent Margaret Chase Smith in a considerable upset. In 1973, Hathaway was one of the three senators who opposed the nomination of Gerald Ford to be Vice President. (The other two were Thomas Eagleton and Gaylord Nelson.) One of his Senate aides was future Maine Governor and Senator Angus King. Hathaway was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1978, losing to his successor in the 2nd District, future Secretary of Defense William Cohen, by 22 percentage points.[2]

Later life

Hathaway resided in the Washington, DC, area after leaving the Senate and worked as a lobbyist and lawyer.[3] In 1990 he was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to the Federal Maritime Commission, and he served as Chairman from 1993 to 1996.

Hathaway was known and loved by the employees of the Senate, especially the Senate elevator operators. He was a constant source of humor and good will to those that worked on the Capitol elevators. "Going Up" is an unpublished manuscript by Kerry Whitney, US Senate Elevator Operator.

He retired in 1996 and continued to live in the Washington, DC, area.

In June 2002, at the age of 78, Hathaway was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism during Operation Tidal Wave.[4]

Hathaway was married to Mary Lee Bird of Horse Shoe, North Carolina, and Akron, Ohio, for over 61 years until her death, in 2007. Hathaway had two children, Susan and Fred.

Hathaway died of pulmonary fibrosis[5][6] exactly 69 years to the day after he was shot down during World War II.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

  1. ^ Kestenbaum, Lawrence (2009). "William Dodd Hathaway entry". Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2009.
  2. ^ "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 1978" (PDF). Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "Former Maine Sen. William Hathaway dead at 89". Bangor Daily News. June 24, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ http://capitolwords.org/date/2002/06/25/S6009-2_award-of-the-distinguished-flying-cross-to-former-/
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ http://www.kjonline.com/politics/Former-Maine-Senator-has-passed-away.html

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