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
Lieutenant Martin F. Allen
Preceded by Edward C. Smith
Succeeded by John G. McCullough
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1853-03-21)March 21, 1853
Plymouth, Vermont
Died December 15, 1932(1932-12-15) (aged 79)
Sarasota, Florida
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Lincoln, Sarah E. Moore
Profession Attorney

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. He 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.[1]


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, serving as Speaker of the House until 1896.[2]

Elected to the office of Governor of Vermont in 1900, he served from October 4, 1900 to October 3, 1902. 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 an LL.D. from Norwich University in 1902.[3]

As a delegate to the 1924 Republican National Convention, he seconded the nomination of Governor Calvin Coolidge of Massachusetts, who was his cousin.[4]

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".[5]


Stickney died in Sarasota, Florida and is interred at Pleasant View Cemetery, Ludlow, Vermont.[6]


  1. ^ "William W. Stickney". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "William W. Stickney". National Governors Association. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "William W. Stickney". Encyclopedia, Vermont Biography. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "William W. Stickney". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "William W. Stickney". The Governor's Inn.com. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "William W. Stickney". Find A Grave. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 

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