Joseph Edward Willard

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Joseph Edward Willard
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Willard in 1913
19th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
In office
February 19, 1902 – February 1, 1906
Preceded by Edward Echols
Succeeded by James Taylor Ellyson
Personal details
Born May 1, 1865
Washington, D.C.
Died April 4, 1924(1924-04-04) (aged 58)
New York City
Spouse(s) Belle Layton Wyatt Willard
Alma mater Virginia Military Institute

Joseph Edward Willard (May 1, 1865 – April 4, 1924) was a U.S. political figure from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Biography[edit]

The son of Joseph Clapp Willard and Antonia Ford, he served for eight years in the Virginia House of Delegates, prior to his election as the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. He held that office from 1902 through 1906, leaving after an unsuccessful run for Governor. He then assumed the office of commissioner of the Virginia State Corporation Commission, serving for four years. In 1913, he was appointed by Woodrow Wilson as the United States Ambassador to Spain. Upon the outbreak of World War I Willard was vacationing in the United States and returned to Europe aboard the USS Tennessee. Willard left knowing that his daughter, Belle, who was married to Kermit Roosevelt, was sick with typhoid fever (she would recover).[1] Ambassador Willard held his position until shortly before his death in 1924.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "Cruiser Off With $5,750,000 in Gold to Aid Americans," New York World, Aug. 7, 1914.
Political offices
Preceded by
Edward Echols
Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
1902–1906
Succeeded by
James Taylor Ellyson
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Henry Clay Ide
United States Ambassador to Spain
1913–1921
Succeeded by
Cyrus E. Woods