Bachelor of Arts, Colgate University, 1932;honorary Doctor of Laws, Colgate University, 1966.
With, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, since 1932;secretary, vice-president and secretary, executive vice president, treasurer, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1938-1956;president, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1956-1971;chairman, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., since 1971;director, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., since 1942. Chairman, director John Wiley & Sons, Canada, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., Chichester Jacaranda-Wiley, Ltd., Brisbane, Wiley Eastern Ltd., India. Member mgmt.bd. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press.
Trustee emeritus Colgate University, Drew University. Member of Metropolitan Opera, Players (New York City). Sakonnet Golf (Rhode Island), Sakonnet Yacht (Rhode Island).
Baltusrol (New Jersey) Golf.
Married Esther T. Booth, January 4, 1936. Children: William Bradford II, Peter Booth, Deborah Elizabeth Wiley.