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U.S. Ambassador to Spain.
Joseph Edward Willard From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Joseph Edward Willard Willard 3490801013 015393af3a o.jpg Willard in 1913 19th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia In office February 19, 1902 – February 1, 1906 Preceded by Edward Echols Succeeded by James Taylor Ellyson Personal details Born May 1, 1865 Washington, D.C. Died April 4, 1924 (aged 58) New York City Spouse(s) Belle Layton Wyatt Willard Alma mater Virginia Military Institute Joseph Edward Willard (May 1, 1865 – April 4, 1924) was a U.S. political figure from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Biography
The son of Joseph Clapp Willard and Antonia Ford, he served for eight years in the Virginia House of Delegates, prior to his election as the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. He held that office from 1902 through 1906, leaving after an unsuccessful run for Governor. He then assumed the office of commissioner of the Virginia State Corporation Commission, serving for four years. In 1913, he was appointed by Woodrow Wilson as the United States Ambassador to Spain. Upon the outbreak of World War I Willard was vacationing in the United States and returned to Europe aboard the USS Tennessee. Willard left knowing that his daughter, Belle, who was married to Kermit Roosevelt, was sick with typhoid fever (she would recover). Ambassador Willard held his position until shortly before his death in 1924.