William J. Sears

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William Joseph Sears
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 4th district
In office
Preceded by District created
Succeeded by Ruth Bryan Owen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's at-large district
In office
Preceded by Seat inactive
Succeeded by Seat inactive
Personal details
Born (1874-12-04)December 4, 1874
Smithville, Georgia, U.S.
Died March 30, 1944(1944-03-30) (aged 69)
Kissimmee, Florida, U.S.
Resting place Rose Hill Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Residence Kissimmee, Florida

William Joseph Sears (December 4, 1874 – March 30, 1944) was a U.S. Representative from Florida.

Born in Smithville, Georgia, Sears moved with his parents to Ellaville, Georgia, and thence to Kissimmee, Florida, in January 1881. He attended the public schools. He graduated from Florida State College at Lake City in 1895 and from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, in 1896. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1905 and commenced practice in Kissimmee, and served as its mayor from 1907-1911. Superintendent of public instruction of Osceola County 1905-1915.

Sears was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fourth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1929). He served as chairman of the Committee on Education (Sixty-fifth Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1928 and resumed the practice of his legal profession in Kissimmee. He moved to Jacksonville, Florida, and continued the practice of law.

Sears was elected to the Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1937). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1936 and served as associate member of the Board of Veterans' Appeals of the Veterans' Administration in Washington, D.C., from 1937 until his retirement in October 1942. He died in Kissimmee on March 30, 1944 and was interred in Rose Hill Cemetery.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
District created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 4th congressional district

1915 – 1929
Succeeded by
Ruth Bryan Owen
Preceded by
Seat inactive
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's at-large congressional district

1933 – 1937
Succeeded by
Seat inactive

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.