William W. Stickney

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William Wallace Stickney
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William W. Stickney, Governor of Vermont, 1900-1902
48th Governor of Vermont
In office
October 4, 1900 – October 3, 1902
LieutenantMartin F. Allen
Preceded byEdward C. Smith
Succeeded byJohn G. McCullough
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1853-03-21)March 21, 1853
Plymouth, Vermont
DiedDecember 15, 1932(1932-12-15) (aged 79)
Sarasota, Florida
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Lincoln, Sarah E. Moore

William Wallace Stickney (March 21, 1853 – December 15, 1932) was an American lawyer and politician. As a Republican, he served as the 48th Governor of Vermont from October 4, 1900 to October 3, 1902.


Born in Plymouth, Vermont, Stickney graduated from Black River Academy in Ludlow, Vermont, and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1877. He went on to study law, was admitted to the Vermont bar in 1878 and practiced in Ludlow as the partner of John G. Sargent. Among the prospective attorneys who studied under Stickney and Sargent was Julius A. Willcox, who later served as an Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court.[1] Stickney married Elizabeth Lincoln on May 4, 1881. After her death on March 29, 1903, he married Sarah Effie Moore in Sarasota, Florida, on June 1, 1905.[2]


Stickney was president of the Ludlow Savings Bank and Trust Company. He was clerk of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1882 to 1892 and was state's attorney for Windsor County from 1882 to 1884 and again from 1890 to 1892. He was elected in 1892 to represent Ludlow in the Vermont General Assembly, and served until 1896; he was selected to serve as Speaker of the House in his first term, and held the post during his entire House tenure.[3]

Elected to the office of Governor of Vermont in 1900, he served from October 4, 1900 to October 3, 1902. Sargent served as Stickney's Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs (chief assistant).[4] A cousin of the Calvin Coolidge family,[5] Stickney appointed Coolidge's father John Coolidge to his military staff with the rank of colonel.[6] As governor, he favored abolishing the office of Tax Commissioner. During his administration, legislation was passed establishing the boundary line between Massachusetts and Vermont. After serving one term, he returned to his law practice and banking and insurance interests. He received the honorary degree of LL.D. from Norwich University in 1902.[7]

As a delegate to the 1924 Republican National Convention, he seconded Calvin Coolidge's nomination for president.[2]

In 1926 Stickney was also an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican US Senate nomination. Stickney's Ludlow home is now a bed and breakfast called "The Governor's Inn."[8]


Lizzie Lincoln Stickney (1903)

Stickney died in Sarasota, Florida and was interred at Pleasant View Cemetery.[9] in Ludlow, Vermont.[10]


  1. ^ Bigelow, Walter J. (1919). Vermont, Its Government. Montpelier, VT: Historical Publishing Company. p. 138.
  2. ^ a b "William W. Stickney". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  3. ^ "William W. Stickney". National Governors Association. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  4. ^ Sobel, Robert (1990). Biographical Directory of the United States Executive Branch, 1774-1989. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing. p. 320. ISBN 978-0-313-26593-8.
  5. ^ Kallenbach, Joseph Ernest; Kallenbach, Jessamine S. (1977). American State Governors, 1776-1976. 3. Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications. p. 482.
  6. ^ Lathem, Edward Connery (1968). Your son, Calvin Coolidge: a selection of letters from Calvin Coolidge to his father. Montpelier, VT: Vermont Historical Society. p. 99.
  7. ^ "William W. Stickney". Encyclopedia, Vermont Biography. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  8. ^ "William W. Stickney". The Governor's Inn.com. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  9. ^ Tucker, R. W. (2000). Cemetery Inscriptions in Ludlow, Vermont. Ludlow, VT: Rebecca Woodbury Tucker. p. 124.
  10. ^ "Governor William W. Stickney". National Governors Association. Retrieved 24 November 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Edward C. Smith
Governor of Vermont
Succeeded by
John G. McCullough