William S. Mailliard
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William S. Mailliard
William S. Mailliard
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8th United States Ambassador to the Organization of American States

March 7, 1974 - February 1, 1977
PresidentRichard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Joseph J. Jova
Gale W. McGee
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 6th district

January 3, 1963 - March 5, 1974
John F. Baldwin Jr.
John L. Burton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 4th district

January 3, 1953 - January 3, 1963
Franck R. Havenner
Robert L. Leggett
Personal details
William Somers Mailliard

(1917-06-10)June 10, 1917
Belvedere, California, U.S.
DiedJune 10, 1992(1992-06-10) (aged 75)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Whinny
Millicent Fox
Alma materYale University
Naval War College

William Somers Mailliard (June 10, 1917 - June 10, 1992) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California. 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;

Served as 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 and elected as a Republican to the 83rd and to the ten succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1953, until his resignation March 5, 1974. He was the last Republican to represent San Francisco in Congress. [1]

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 and was a resident of San Francisco, Calif., until his death.

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.


External links

  • United States Congress. "William S. Mailliard (id: M000070)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Guide to the Mailliard Family Papers at The Bancroft Library

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