FORD, William David

FORD, William David
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1927–2004

Biography

FORD, William David, a Representative from Michigan; born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., August 6, 1927; attended Henry Ford Trade School, Melvindale High School, Nebraska State Teachers College, and Wayne University; B.A., University of Denver, 1949; LL.D., University of Denver, 1951; United States Navy, 1944-1946; United States Air Force Reserve, 1950-1958; admitted to the bar in 1951; lawyer, private practice; justice of the peace, Taylor Township, 1955-1957; city attorney, Melvindale, Mich., 1957-1959; delegate, Michigan constitutional convention, 1961-1962; member of the Michigan state senate, 1962-1964; member and officer of the Sixteenth District Democratic Organization, 1952-1964; delegate, Michigan Democratic conventions, 1952-1970, and to Democratic National Convention, 1968; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-ninth and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1965-January 3, 1995); not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fourth Congress in 1994; chairman, Committee on Post Office and Civil Service (Ninety-seventh through One Hundred First Congresses), Committee on Education and Labor (One Hundred Second and One Hundred Third Congresses); died on August 14, 2004, in Ypsilanti Township, Mich.; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

University of Michigan
Michigan Historical Collections, Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: ca. 1955-1995, 152 linear feet. The papers of William D. Ford primarily consist of office files documenting his activities as a local representative, federal legislator and politician. Included are subject files, legislative files, committee files, campaign material, public relations files, photographs, and audiovisual material documenting constituents' opinions and concerns, particularly in the correspondence and questionnaire response files. A finding aid is available in the library and online.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: William D. Ford, Democratic Representative from Michigan. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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