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William Lewis Douglas

William Lewis Douglas, American governor. Member Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1884-1885, Senate, 1887.


  • Douglas, William Lewis was born on August 22, 1845 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. Son of William and Mary C. (Vaughan) Douglas.

  • Education

    • Educated at brief irregular periods in public schools of Massachusetts. (Doctor of Laws, Tufts College, 1905). When 5 years old lost father by death.


    • At age of 7 went to work for an uncle, who set him to pegging shoes, and except for a brief return to his mother when 11 years old, worked for his uncle 8 years. Worked in cotton mill at Plymouth at 15, and later in factory at Chiltonville, Massachusetts. Afterward went to Hopkinton and S. Braintree, Massachusetts, where learned bootmaking.

      Worked as journeyman and foreman at Brockton, 1876, when began with small shop, from which has built up business with capacity of 17,600 pairs of shoes daily, and owns 117 retail shoe stores in large cities.


    Member Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1884-1885, Senate, 1887.


    • Married N. Augusta Terry, September 6, 1868.
    • father: William Douglas
    • mother: Mary C. (Vaughan) Douglas
    • spouse: N. Augusta Terry
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    Died September 17, 1924
    (aged 79)