Education high school, Waterville, Maine.
His real estate company contributed greatly to the growth of Los Angeles in the years before and after 1900, and he was responsible for bringing the 1932 Summer Olympics to Los Angeles for the first time. In 1882 at age 16, he went to Boston, and by 1884 he was in Chicago. In 1890, he moved to Los Angeles working as auditor of the Pacific Cable Railway Company until 1894, when he formed his real estate business, the W. M. Garland Company, headquartered in Henry Huntington's Pacific Electric Building, which became the site of the Jonathan Club.
He was Huntington's principal sales agent. There are other theories on the naming of the club, but this is what William, as one of the founders, told his family. In 1898, he traveled to New York to marry, on October 12th, Sadie Blanche Hinman, daughter of Marshall Littlefield Hinman and Amanda Josephine Miller.
William and Blanche had two children, William Marshall Garland and John Jewett Garland. In 1923, he went to Rome and secured the 1932 Summer Olympics for Los Angeles, then became president of the Tenth Olympiad Committee. While in Rome, though he was an Episcopalian, he had an audience with Pope Pius XI, and was also received by the King and Queen of Italy.
Other highlights among his many honors, included being Grand Marshal of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses in 1932, attending five national conventions of the G.O.P., and rejecting proposals that he stand for mayor of Los Angeles. Death and photos
The Garland family built a summer home called Casa Ladera in Pebble Beach, California, and it was there he was stricken, and subsequently died in Monterey, California 26 Sep 1948, shortly before his 50th wedding anniversary.
Member National Association of Real Estate Bds. (twice president), Los Angeles Realty Board (3 times president). Dollar a year man, Washington, World War.
Colonel on staff of Governor Gillette, 1906-1910. Member Republican National Convs., 1900, 24, 28, 36, 40. Member International Olympic Committee that went to Rome, 1923, and secured celebration of the X Olympiad at Los Angeles, for 1932.
Member Sons of Revolution. Clubs: California (president 1908), Los Angeles Athletic (president 19 years), Los Angeles Country, Jonathan, Crags Country (president 10 years), Bolsa Chiea Gun (president 6 years).
Married S. Blanche Hinman, October 12, 1898. Children: William Marshall, John Jewett.