William H. Ludlow

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William Handy Ludlow (April 2, 1821 Yonkers, Westchester County, New York - September 26, 1890 Oakdale, Suffolk County, New York) was an American politician.


He was the son of Ezra Ludlow and Rachel Seguine. He married Frances Louisa Nicoll, heiress of the Nicoll estate around Islip on Long Island, New York. Their sons were Nicoll Ludlow and General William Ludlow.

He was a Democratic member from Suffolk County of the New York State Assembly, and was Speaker in 1853.

In 1854, he ran for Lieutenant Governor of New York on the ticket with Horatio Seymour, but was defeated.

He was a delegate to the 1860 Democratic National Convention.

In 1889, he sold "Oakdale Farm", a 400-acre (1.6 km2) estate, to Frederick Gilbert Bourne.

War service[edit]

He joined the 73rd New York Volunteer Infantry as a 2nd Lieutenant, and was soon attached to the staff of Major General John Adams Dix, and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and aide-de-camp to the general.

At the end of the Civil War, he was the agent for exchange of prisoners at Fort Monroe, Virginia, and was brevetted Brigadier General and Major General, US Volunteers on March 13, 1865 for "faithful and meritorious services during the war".


  • [1] Political Graveyard
  • [2] Long Island Maritime Museum
  • [3] "Knickerbocker" on the new Speaker, in NYT on January 22, 1853
  • [4] History of the Nicoll estate
  • [5] Bio of his son William
  • [6] Long Island Genealogy
  • William H. Ludlow at Find a Grave
Political offices
Preceded by
Jonas C. Heartt
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Robert H. Pruyn