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Investment banker

William Cramer Birely, American Investment banker. Recipient Governor's citation for outstanding service to Maryland.


Birely, William Cramer was born on November 13, 1919 in Thurmont, Maryland, United States. Son of Victor Morris and Dorothy Grace (Rouzer) Birely.


Student, Strayer University, 1938. Student, United States Department of Agriculture Graduate School, Washington, 1940. Student, Babson Institute, 1940.

Student, American University, 1942.


With National Wildlife Association, United States Government, 1938—1947, Folger, Nolan, Inc., Washington, 1947-1952, vice president, 1950-1952. General partner Rouse, Brewer & Becker (now Morgan Stanley), 1952-1955. Executive vice president, treasurer Birely & Company, 1955-1962, president, 1962-1967.

Also director; vice president Mason & Company (now Legg, Mason, Wood, Walker, Inc.), 1967-1970. Investment banker Lang & Company, Washington, 1970-1985, Chapin, Davis & Company, Baltimore, 1985-1989, Lang Division Moors & Cabot, Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, since 1989. Vice president, director Thurmont Bank (now Bank of America), Maryland, 1962-1973.

; elected share funding member United States Capitol History Society, 1963, chairman finance committee. Advisory board Farmers & Mechanics National Bank, Thurmont (now P.N.C. Finance), 1975-1976. Member advisory council Small Business Administration, 1962-1966.

Member advisory commission National Defense Office of Production Management. War Production Board, War Assets Administration, Industrial Analyst. Board directors Hearts and Homes for Youth.

Served with FA Army of the United States, 1943-1944.


Member general inaugural committees Eisenhower and Nixon, 1953, 1957, Nixon and Agnew, 1968, 1972, Reagan and Bush, 1980, 1984, Bush and Quayle, 1988. Board appeals Montgomery County, 1965. Member Montgomery County Council, 1965—1966.

With Water & Air Pollution Control National Association Committee, 1966. Treasurer Young Republican Club of Montgomery County, 1947, president, 1948. Elected delegate Maryland Republican Convention, 1952, 1956, 1980.

Appointed on National Alcohol Beverage Control Association Constitution, Laws Committee, Federal Affairs and Legislation Committee, 1966. Member National Rifle Association (life), American Legion (life), Huguenot Society Washington (life, former vice president), S.A.R. (life, former national trustee), Society Mayflower Descendants, Society Colonial Wars (life), Society War 1812, St. Andrews Society, Frederick County History Society (life), Carroll County History Society (life), Washington History Societies (life), Montgomery County History Society (life. Member board management), National Geneol.

Society (former vice president), Maryland Geneol. Society (life), Bond Club, National Press Club, Army and Navy Club, Izaak Walton League American (national life), Association Childhood Education International (chairman finance committee), North America Blue Bird Society, The Order of Lafayette(life).


Married Luelle Avis Langness, July 21, 1943.

Victor Morris Birely

Dorothy Grace (Rouzer) Birely

Luelle Avis Langness