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William R. Laird III
United States Senator
from West Virginia

In office
March 13, 1956 – November 6, 1956
Preceded by Harley M. Kilgore
Succeeded by W. Chapman Revercomb
Personal details
Born (1916-06-02)June 2, 1916
Keswick, California
Died January 7, 1974(1974-01-07) (aged 57)
Montgomery, West Virginia
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Greenbrier Military School
King College
West Virginia University
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Battles/wars World War II

William Ramsey Laird III (June 2, 1916 – January 7, 1974) was a United States Senator from West Virginia. Born in Keswick, California, he was educated in the public schools. He graduated from Greenbrier Military School, King College (in Bristol, Tennessee) and from West Virginia University in 1944. During the Second World War he served in the United States Navy. He was admitted to the bar in 1944 and commenced the practice of law in West Virginia; he was a member of West Virginia Board of Education in 1955 and a member of the board of directors of Merchants National Bank, Montgomery, West Virginia and the Upper Kanawha Valley Development Association. He was a member of the board of trustees of the Laird Foundation in Montgomery and was State tax commissioner in 1955–1956, when he resigned, having been appointed to the U.S. Senate on March 13, 1956 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Harley M. Kilgore. A Democrat, he served from March 13, 1956, to November 6, 1956. He was not a candidate for election to fill the vacancy and resumed the practice of law in Fayetteville and Montgomery.

Laird died in Montgomery in 1974; his remains were interred in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.


United States Senate
Preceded by
Harley M. Kilgore
Class 1 U.S. Senator from West Virginia
Succeeded by
W. Chapman Revercomb

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