William F. Walsh

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William Francis Walsh
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 33rd district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1979
Preceded by Howard W. Robison
Succeeded by Gary A. Lee
48th Mayor of Syracuse
In office
Preceded by Donald H. Mead
Succeeded by Lee Alexander
Personal details
Born (1912-07-11)July 11, 1912
Syracuse, New York
Died January 8, 2011(2011-01-08) (aged 98)
Marcellus, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Dorsey Walsh
Children James T. Walsh and 6 others
Alma mater St. Bonaventure University, University at Buffalo, St. Bonaventure College
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army Air Forces
Years of service 1941–1946
Rank Captain
Unit United States Army Air Forces
Battles/wars World War II

William Francis Walsh (July 11, 1912 – January 8, 2011) was a Republican-Conservative member of the United States House of Representatives from New York State.[1][2]


Walsh was born in Syracuse, New York to Irish immigrant parents.[1][3] He graduated from St. Bonaventure's College, now St. Bonaventure University, in 1934.[1] He received a master's degree in social work from the University at Buffalo in 1949,[1] and an honorary doctorate in civil law from St. Bonaventure University in 1970.[1] He served in the United States Army Air Forces from 1941 to 1946,[1] first as a private, and later being honorably discharged as a captain.[1]

Walsh was Welfare Commissioner of Onondaga County in New York State in 1959.[1] He was elected mayor of Syracuse in 1961,[1] and served until 1969.[1] He became more nationally-known by serving as Vice President of the US Conference of Mayors.[2] He was a delegate to the 1968 Republican National Convention.[1][2] He was elected to Congress in 1972,[1][2] and served from January 3, 1973 until January 3, 1979.[1][2]

Honors in memory[edit]

At St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, New York, the William F. Walsh Science Center was named in his honor in 2006 and dedicated in 2008.[4] The Center was built as a result of $10 million in federal monies[4] secured for its construction with the assistance of former United States Congress Member James T. Walsh,[1][4] William's son, who is also a Republican.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Walsh was married to Mary Dorsey Walsh,[2] and had seven children,[2] all of whom pursued careers in public service.[2] Walsh's children, Bill Walsh and Martha Hood Walsh are judges in Onondaga County,[2] and James T. Walsh served in Congress for twenty years.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Walsh, William Francis, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, Washington, DC: US Congress, Undated, Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j William F. Walsh, former Syracuse mayor and congressman, dies at 98, The Post-Standard, Syracuse, NY: Syracuse Media Group, 8 January 2011, Weiner, M., Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  3. ^ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~battle/reps/walsh.htm
  4. ^ a b c d Congressman James T. Walsh: Technology, St. Bonaventure University Friedsam Memorial Library archives, St. Bonaventure, NY, Spring 2009, Barthomay, R., Retrieved 19 January 2014.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Donald H. Mead
Mayor of Syracuse, NY
Succeeded by
Lee Alexander
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Howard W. Robison
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 33rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Gary A. Lee
Honorary titles
Preceded by
William H. Avery
Oldest Surviving Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
November 4, 2009 – January 8, 2011
Succeeded by
Perkins Bass