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 William Davis Ticknor, Jr

William Davis Ticknor, Jr

Birth
Canton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 23 Apr 1965 (aged 57)
Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 64772939 · View Source
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Spending his early years in Canton, Massachusetts, W.D. Ticknor Jr. would move to New York City with the family before returning to Massachusetts to attend Milton Academy. After which he attended Harvard, where he starred on the football team alongside his younger brother, Benjamin. They would gain national acclaim in their days on the Harvard line. He graduated in 1930 and on June, 14 of that year he married Elizabeth Shaw, in Groton, Massachusetts. It would be the merger of two great literary families. Elizabeth was the daughter of Carleton A. and Julia Ward (Richards) Shaw. Their wedding was at the school chapel of Groton School, and performed by Rev. Endicott Peabody, headmaster of said school. After their honeymoon, the couple next traveled to Europe, for Ticknor to study at the University of Greenoble, France. During this time he would climb Matterhorn. Upon their return to the United States, he taught general science at St. Paul's School, in Concord. After two years of teaching he joined Commercial Solvents.

From 1932 until 1937, Ticknor managed Camp Merryweather, a boy's camp owned by Elizabeth's grandparents in Maine. In 1937, they moved to Englewood, New Jersey. He worked as export manager for Commercial Solvents Corporation. He and Elizabeth had five children together. During World War II, he served active duty as an intelligence officer with the newly formed Office of Strategic Services in China-Burma-India region. Upon his return he was a member of the original Recreation Commission and served as chairman of the board of the community Chest, member and chairman of the Planning Board of Civil Defense before he was elected to the Common Council for Englewood. A position he would hold for four years, as second ward councilman, followed with five years as Councilman-at-large. December, 1964, he became acting Mayor and Council President which he would hold until his sudden death, on April 23, 1965. He had announced he would retire from politics at the end of his current term. He and Elizabeth are buried at the family plot in Mount Auburn.


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  • Created by: TicknorHistorian
  • Added: 27 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64772939
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Davis Ticknor, Jr (15 Oct 1907–23 Apr 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64772939, citing Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by TicknorHistorian (contributor 47358264) .