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William Spry

  • Birth 11 Jan 1864 Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough, Berkshire, England
  • Death 21 Apr 1929 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
  • Memorial ID 14813535

Politician. Two-term Governor of Utah. Born in England in 1864, he emigrated to the United States at the age of nine with his parents, who had converted to Mormonism shortly after his birth. In 1908, he was elected governor on the Republican ticket. He pushed for and received a large appropriation from the state legislature for the construction of the state capitol building. Spry also worked for food and drug legislation, promoted the development of the state's natural resources, and established committees on banking, industrial safety, and irrigation and water rights. He won re-election in 1912, achieving notoriety during his second term by refusing to intervene in the execution of labor organizer Joe Hill. In 1915 the Republican Party refused to nominate Spry for a third term because of his unpopular veto of a prohibition bill.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 14813535
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Spry (11 Jan 1864–21 Apr 1929), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14813535, citing Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .