|Chair of the Republican National Committee|
June 27, 1916 – February 13, 1918
|Preceded by||Charles D. Hilles|
|Succeeded by||Will H. Hays|
|Postmaster of New York City|
January 1, 1905 – July 1, 1907
|Preceded by||Cornelius Van Cott|
|Succeeded by||Edward M. Morgan|
William Russell Willcox
April 11, 1863
Smyrna, New York, U.S.
|Died||April 9, 1940 (aged 76)|
Bay Shore, New York, U.S.
|Education||University of Rochester (BA)|
Columbia University (LLB)
William Russell Willcox (April 11, 1863 – April 9, 1940) was an American politician from New York. On January 1, 1905 he became the Postmaster of New York City. By 1909 he was chairman of the New York Public Service Commission. He served on the Railway Wage Commission in 1918.
He was born on April 11, 1863 in Smyrna, New York to Thomas L. Willcox. He attended the state normal school in Brockport, New York. He later attended the University of Rochester.
He served as principal of the Webster Academy and Spring Valley High School. He then attended Columbia Law School, and was admitted to the bar in 1890.
Around 1901 Mayor Seth Low appointed him to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation where he served for two years as president of the commission.
In 1904, he married Martha J. Havemeyer, descendant of Mayor William Frederick Havemeyer.
On January 1, 1905 he became the Postmaster of New York City. He was appointed by Theodore Roosevelt.
On July 1, 1907 he became chairman of the New York Public Service Commission.
Willcox served as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1916 to 1918. He encouraged Republican congressmen during votes for the 19th Amendment
Willcox resigned after being appointed to the Railway Wage Commission, also known as the U.S. Railroad Commission in 1918. Others appointed by the Woodrow Wilson administration were U.S. Secretary of the Interior Franklin Knight Lane, Charles Caldwell McChord of the Interstate Commerce Commission and D.C. chief justice J. Harry Covington. The commission investigated railroad wages.
He became a widower in 1939. He died on April 9, 1940 a Southside Hospital in Bayshore, New York.
William Russell Willcox Chairman of the Public Service Commission for the First District, New York City, was born in Smyrna, Chenango County, N. Y. in 1863,
William Russell Willcox was born Smyrna, New York in 1863. ...
William Russell Willcox, chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1916 to 1918, who managed the Presidential campaign of Charles Evans Hughes, died here yesterday of pneumonia in Southside Hospital. Mr. Willcox, who ... chairman of the Public Service Commission and chairman of the New York and ...
Under authority from Washington, Postmaster Willcox took steps yesterday to handle the enormous election mail properly and expeditiously. He promoted 100 clerks, who were receiving $600, to $700 per year, added twenty-five new men to his force from the Civil Service list, and distributed them among the thirty-nine Post Offices in the city.
Mrs. Martha J. Willcox, wife of William R. Willcox, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, died Saturday at her home, 28 Cottage Place, Babylon ...