GRANFIELD, William Joseph, (1889 - 1959)


Campaign button, 1930-1934, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

GRANFIELD, William Joseph, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Springfield, Mass., December 18, 1889; attended the grammar and high schools; was graduated from Williston Academy, Easthampton, Mass., in 1910 and from the law school of the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., in 1913; member of the common council in 1915 and 1916; was admitted to the bar in 1916 and commenced practice in Springfield, Mass.; served in the State house of representatives 1917-1919; delegate to the State constitutional convention of 1918 and 1919; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1924 and 1928 and delegate at large in 1932, 1936, and 1940; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William K. Kaynor; reelected to the Seventy-second, Seventy-third, and Seventy-fourth Congresses and served from February 11, 1930, to January 3, 1937; was not a candidate for renomination in 1936; appointed for life as presiding justice of the district court, Springfield, Mass., in 1936, and served until his retirement July 27, 1949, due to illness; died in Springfield, Mass., May 28, 1959; interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery.