William E. Ozzard

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William E. Ozzard (June 15, 1915 — June 29, 2002) was an American Republican Party politician who served for 13 years in the New Jersey Legislature, serving as New Jersey Senate President in 1963. He was President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities from 1970 to 1973.


Ozzard was born in 1915 in Weehawken, New Jersey.[1] He grew up in Bound Brook, New Jersey, and attended Bound Brook High School, graduating in 1931. He graduated from Rutgers University and New York University Law School. He was admitted to the New Jersey bar and joined the Somerville law firm of Beekman & Beekman, where he later became a partner.[2]

In World War II, Ozzard served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army. He received the Army Commendation Ribbon, the European Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal and two battle stars.[2]

Ozzard was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly from Somerset County in 1953. In 1957, he succeeded Malcolm Forbes in the New Jersey Senate when Forbes ran for Governor of New Jersey. He served as Senate President in 1963 and was Acting Governor in the absence of Governor Richard J. Hughes. He left the Senate in 1967 and was appointed by Governor Hughes as a Commissioner of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.[2]

In 1969, Ozzard unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for Governor of New Jersey.[3] He lost the Republican primary to William T. Cahill, also finishing behind U.S. Rep. Charles W. Sandman, Jr., State Sen. Harry L. Sears, and State Sen. Frank X. McDermott.[4] Cahill went on to win the general election and in 1970 appointed Ozzard to be president of the Board of Public Utility Commissioners.[5] He served until 1973.[2]

Ozzard was admitted to the Florida bar in 1975. He died on June 29, 2002 at the age of 87.[6] He was buried in Somerset Hills Memorial Park.

He was included in the first nominating class of the Bound Brook High School Alumni Hall of Fame upon its creation in 2003.[2][7]


  1. ^ "William E. Ozzard". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2009-12-15.
  2. ^ a b c d e "William Ozzard". Bound Brook High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2009-12-15.
  3. ^ Sullivan, Ronald (1969-01-29). "G.O.P. Nomination for Governor Of New Jersey Sought by Ozzard". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Sullivan, Ronald (1969-06-04). "Meyner and Cahill Victors In Jersey Primary Races". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Sullivan, Ronald (1970-01-15). "Cahill Appoints 4 More Men to Posts in His Cabinet". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "In Memoriam". Florida Bar News. 2002-12-01. Retrieved 2009-12-15.
  7. ^ Staff. "Manville Bound Brook news", Courier News (New Jersey), November 12, 2003. Accessed March 8, 2011.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frank S. Farley
President of the New Jersey Senate
Succeeded by
Charles W. Sandman