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William Wilberforce Douglas, American judge. member Rhode Island House of Representatives, 1871-1873, Senate, 1890; member Providence Common Council, 1873-1876; member of commission to report revised Constitution of State, since 1912.

Background

Douglas, William Wilberforce was born on November 26, 1841 in Providence, Rhode Island, United States. Son of Review William and Sarah (Sawyer) Douglas.

Education

A.M., Brown U., 1861, Doctor of Laws, 1902. Served in the United States Vols., 1861-1864. Second lieutenant, First lieutenant and captain 5th Rhode Island Vols. and 5th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery.

With Burnside Expedition, North Carolina. Bachelor of Laws, Albany Law School, 1866.

Career

United States commissioner, 1874-1890. Member Rhode Island House of Representatives, 1871-1873, Senate, 1890. Member Providence Common Council, 1873-1876.

Justice, 1891-1905, chief justice, 1905-1908, Supreme Court of the Rhode Island Trustee Brown U., since 1902. Division judge advocate Rhode Island Militia, 1866-1874. Assistant adjutant general, 1881, adjutant general, 1882.

Judge advocate general G.A.R., 1871-1877. Moderator Charitable Baptist Society, 1900-1914. Director Narragansett Electric Lighting Company, since 1889, vice president, since 1916.

Commissioner Dexter Donation, 1909-1913. Member of commission to report revised Constitution of State, since 1912. Home: Providence, R.I.

Membership

Member Rhode Island House of Representatives, 1871-1873, Senate, 1890. Member Providence Common Council, 1873-1876. Member of commission to report revised Constitution of State, since 1912.

Connections

Married Anna Jean Bennett, June 30, 1884.

father:
Review William Douglas

mother:
Sarah (Sawyer) Douglas

spouse:
Anna Jean Bennett