William Somers MAILLIARD, Congress, CA (1917-1992)


MAILLIARD, William Somers, a Representative from California; born in Belvedere, Marin County, Calif., June 10, 1917; attended elementary and secondary schools in the San Francisco Bay area, and the Taft School, Watertown, Conn., 1933-1935; was 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; promoted to commander in 1950 and to rear admiral in 1965 in the Naval Reserve; resumed banking career in 1946 and 1947; assistant to the director of California Youth Authority in 1947 and 1948; unsuccessful Republican candidate for election in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress; secretary to Gov. Earl Warren 1948-1951; executive assistant to the director of the California Academy of Sciences in 1951 and 1952; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-third and to the ten succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1953, until his resignation March 5, 1974; Permanent Representative of the United States to the Organization of American States with the rank of Ambassador, March 7, 1974, to February 1, 1977; 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; was a resident of San Francisco, Calif., until his death on June 10, 1992.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present