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Joseph Edward Willard
Birth: May 1, 1865
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Death: Apr. 4, 1924
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Diplomat and philanthropist. The son of Antonia Ford and Joseph C. Willard, owner of Washington's famed Willard Hotel, he graduated from Virginia Military Institute and the University of Virginia Law School. His inheritance and investments made him Virginia's wealthiest man and he lived on an estate called Layton Hall. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1893 to 1901. Willard served in the Spanish-American War, initially as Captain and commander of a company in the Third Virginia Volunteer Infantry and later as Aide to General Fitzhugh Lee and Assistant Quartermaster of VII Corps. He contributed to civic causes in his hometown of Fairfax and in 1900 constructed a town office building, now called Old Town Hall, which he presented as a gift. In 1902 he became Virginia's Lieutenant Governor, serving until 1906. After running unsuccessfully for Governor in 1905, he accepted appointment to the state Corporation Commission, serving until 1910. In a 1913 ceremony at Layton Hall, his daughter Belle married Theodore Roosevelt's son Kermit. In 1913 Willard was appointed Ambassador to Spain, the first since the Spanish-American War. He served until 1921, afterwards retiring to New York City. Old Town Hall is now a venue for concerts and other events. In 1972 Layton Hall was sold for development and today a shopping mall covers most of the 10-acre site. (bio by: Bill McKern) 
Family links: 
  Joseph Clapp Willard (1820 - 1897)
  Antonia Ford Willard (1838 - 1871)
  Belle Layton Wyatt Willard (1869 - 1954)*
  Belle Wyatt Willard Roosevelt (1892 - 1968)*
  Joseph Edward Willard (1865 - 1924)
  Charles Willard (1867 - 1867)*
  Archie F. Willard (1871 - 1871)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Hill Cemetery
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Amphitheater, Lot U East
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bill McKern
Record added: Jun 09, 2007
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