William B. Hoyt

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William B. Hoyt
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 144th district
In office
January 1, 1975 – March 25, 1992
Preceded by Albert J. Hausbeck
Succeeded by Sam Hoyt
Personal details
Born William Ballard Hoyt II
June 20, 1937
Died March 25, 1992(1992-03-25) (aged 54)
Albany, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Susan Curran
Children 4
Residence Buffalo, New York
Alma mater Hamilton College

William Ballard Hoyt II (June 20, 1937 – March 25, 1992) was an American politician from New York.


He was born on June 20, 1937,[1] the son of Capt. John Davidson Hill Hoyt (1898–1943).

Hoyt entered politics as a Democrat, and was a member of the Buffalo Common Council from 1970-74. He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1975 until his death in 1992, sitting in the 181st, 182nd, 183rd, 184th, 185th, 186th, 187th, 188th and 189th New York State Legislatures. He ran on the Liberal Party line for Buffalo Mayor in 1989 but was defeated by incumbent James D. Griffin,[2] who had defeated him in the Democratic primary.[citation needed]


On March 25, 1992, he suffered a heart attack during a debate in the Assembly, and died soon after in Albany Medical Center. He was 54 years old.[2][3][4]


Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park in Buffalo is named after Hoyt.[4][5]


  1. ^ Profile, sortedbyname.com; accessed June 28, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Kevin Sack (March 26, 1992). "William B. Hoyt, Assemblyman In New York State, Is Dead at 54", The New York Times.
  3. ^ Jon R. Sorenson (March 26, 1992). "Assemblyman Hoyt Dead of Heart Attack", The Buffalo News. (Newsbank)
  4. ^ a b Tom Buckingham (July 11, 2008). "Grant to fix, enhance Hoyt Lake landscape", The Buffalo News.
  5. ^ William Hoyt Plaque. City of Buffalo.

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Albert J. Hausbeck
New York State Assembly
144th District

Succeeded by
Sam Hoyt