MAILLIARD, William Somers

MAILLIARD, William Somers
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1917–1992

Biography

MAILLIARD, William Somers, A Representative from California; born in Belvedere, Marin County, Calif., June 10, 1917; attended elementary and secondary schools in the San Francisco Bay area, and the Taft School, Watertown, Conn., 1933-1935; was graduated from Yale University in 1939; engaged in the banking business with American Trust Co., San Francisco, Calif., in 1940 and 1941; served as assistant naval attaché in the United States Embassy in London in 1939 and 1940; with Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, D.C., in 1941 and 1942; attended the Naval War College in 1942; was assigned to duty on staff of Seventh Amphibious Force as flag lieutenant and aide to Vice Adm. D.E. Barbey in 1943 and released to inactive duty in March 1946 as a lieutenant commander; promoted to commander in 1950 and to rear admiral in 1965 in the Naval Reserve; resumed banking career in 1946 and 1947; assistant to the director of California Youth Authority in 1947 and 1948; unsuccessful Republican candidate for election in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress; secretary to Gov. Earl Warren 1948-1951; executive assistant to the director of the California Academy of Sciences in 1951 and 1952; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-third and to the ten succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1953, until his resignation March 5, 1974; Permanent Representative of the United States to the Organization of American States with the rank of Ambassador, March 7, 1974, to February 1, 1977; nominated by President Gerald R. Ford and confirmed by the United States Senate on December 10, 1975, to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Foundation; was a resident of San Francisco, Calif., until his death on June 10, 1992; interment in Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael, Calif.

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

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Oral History: Transcript in the Oral History Collection of the Association of Former Members of Congress. Restricted. Sound recording in the Library's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

University of California, Berkeley
Bancroft Library

Berkeley, CA
Oral History: 1962, 1 sound tape reel. A discussion between William Mailliard and Undersecretary of State McGhee concerns the liberalized Trade Expansion Act of 1962 conducted on February 26, 1962.
Oral History: 1962, 1 sound tape reel. A discussion between William Mailliard and Adrien Falk concerning Bay Area rapid transportation, conducted on February 27, 1962.
Oral History: 1977-1979, 123 leaves. An oral history interview with William S. Mailliard conducted in 1977 and 1979 by Charles T. Morrissey for Former Members of Congress, Inc., 1981. In the interview, Mailliard discusses campaigning, congressional re-districting, maritime policy and legislation, U.S. foreign policy, conservation of natural resources; reflections on the governmental process and domestic politics; comments on John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Robert S. McNamara, etc.
Oral History: In Earl Warren: politics in his era in California: oral history interviews, 1973-1975. Catalog and card index in university's Regional Oral History Office. Transcripts indexed.
Papers: ca. 1930-1977, bulk 1950-1977. 260 cartons, 32 file boxes, 19 volumes, 1 oversize folder, 1 oversize box. Material relating to his service as U.S. Congressman and as ambassador to the Organization of American States. Bancroft Library also holds other collections related to the Mailliard family. Advance notice required for use.
Papers: In the Mailliard family papers, 1818-1979, 14 linear feet. Persons represented include William Mailliard.
Papers: In the Mailliard family pictorial collection, ca. 1800-1967, approximately 3000 items. Persons represented include William S. Mailliard.
Photographs: In the Russell R. Miller papers, ca. 1960-1995, amount unknown. The collection includes photographs of William Mailliard.

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA
Oral History: Copy of transcript of Earl Warren interview, Berkeley.

University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication

Norman, OK
Film Reel: 1972, 1 commercial on 1 film reel. The commercial was used during William Mailliard's campaign for the 1972 U.S. congressional election in District 6 of California, Republican Party.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: William S. Mailliard, Republican Representative from California. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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