William E. Kane was born in Woburn, Ma. on May 17, 1892, the son of Irish immigrants Patrick J. and Margaret (Sherry) Kane. He graduated Woburn High School in 1911 and served in the United States Marine Corps in WWl. He graduated at Northeastern University Law School in 1925 and
became an attorney. He served as Mayor of Woburn from 1938-1949. He was the most controversial Mayor of the city. He despised drinking alcohol and had a drunk tank built on wheels to put drunken men in for the purpose of having it pulled around the city to put the man on public display. This turned out to be a scare tactic and was never actually used. He was always at odds with different departments such as the school board and the public works department because of cutbacks to lower taxes. He made his police department carry shovels to clean up after thier horses. He died in Woburn of a heart attack on November 24, 1955 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.
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