Born in Plymouth, Vermont, WILLIAM W. STICKNEY was educated in the common schools and at Phillips Exeter Academy. He went on to study law and practiced in Ludlow, Vermont. He was also president of the Ludlow Savings Bank and Trust Company. He was clerk of the State House of Representatives from 1882 to 1892, State's Attorney for Windsor County from 1882 to 1884 and again from 1890 to 1892, and represented Ludlow in the legislature, serving as Speaker of the House for four years. As governor, he favored abolishing the office of Tax Commissioner. During his administration, legislation was passed establishing the boundary line between Massachusetts and Vermont. After serving one term, he returned to his law practice and banking and insurance interests. As a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1924, he seconded the nomination of Calvin Coolidge for President. Stickney died in Sarasota, Florida and was buried in Ludlow, Vermont.
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