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state justice

William Edmonds Powers, state justice. Bar: Massachusetts 1935, Rhode Island, United States District Court Rhode Island, Supreme Court of the United States Court.

Background

Powers, William Edmonds was born on December 8, 1907 in Valley Falls, Rhode Island, United States. Son of William F. and Cecilia T. (Edmonds) Powers.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Perkins Institute, 1932. Juris Doctor, Boston University, 1935. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Boston University, 1958.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Bryant College, 1951. DJS (honorary), Suffolk University, 1970.

Career

Private practice, Bristol County, 1935-1946; private practice, Rhode Island, 1946-1989; judge, Cumberland Probate Court, 1936-1949; attorney general, State of Rhode Island, 1949-1958; associate justice, Rhode Island Supreme Court, 1958-1973.

Achievements

  • Bar: Massachusetts 1935, Rhode Island, United States District Court Rhode Island, Supreme Court of the United States Court.

Membership

Member Rhode Island House of Representatives, 1939-1940, chairman committee on rules and order, 1947-1949, on judiciary, 1941-1949, chairman legislation executive joint committee on insurance, 1946-1949, member Commission on Inter-State Government, from 1946. President Rhode Island Constitutional Convention, 1973. Member American Medical Association, Rhode Island Bar Association, Elks, Knights of Columbus, Phi Delta Phi.

Connections

Married Esther J. Johnson, September 2, 1932 (deceased July 1969). Children: Esther Mary, Barbara Ann, Michael Andrew. Married Olive D. Higgins, December 28, 1970.

father:
William F. Powers

mother:
Cecilia T. (Edmonds) Powers

spouse:
Olive D. Higgins

spouse:
Esther J. Johnson

child:
Barbara Ann Powers

child:
Esther Mary Powers

child:
Michael Andrew Powers