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William Ledyard Mitchell (November 2, 1881 – May 18, 1964) was an American automobile executive and All-American football player. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mitchell graduated from Yale University where he was selected as a back on the 1903 College Football All-America Team. Members of the Yale Class of 1904 created the Ledyard Mitchell Cup trophy awarded each year to a Yale player for proficiency in punting. Mitchell became president of the Maxwell Motor Car Company in 1917. When Maxwell folded, Mitchell was appointed the receiver. In 1922, he became vice president in charge of manufacturing when Maxwell's manufacturing operations were merged into Chrysler Corporation. He was named secretary and vice president in charge of manufacturing in the early days of Chrysler. In 1926, he became general manager of operations for Chrysler with responsibility for Chrysler's five manufacturing plants. And in 1931, he was named chairman of Chrysler Export Corporation.
Mitchell was married in 1910 to Sara Moulton Sherman. The couple had three children, William Ledyard Mitchell, Jr., Mary Sherman Mitchell, and Frank Sherman Mitchell.