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William Willets COCKS

(1861-1932)

COCKS, William Willets, (brother of Frederick Cocks Hicks), a Representative from New York; born in Old Westbury, Long Island, N.Y., July 24, 1861; attended private schools and Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pa.; engaged in agricultural pursuits; elected commissioner of highways of the town of North Hempstead in 1894; reelected in 1896 and again in 1898; served in the State senate in 1901 and 1902; member of the State assembly in 1904; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1908; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth, Sixtieth, and Sixty-first Congresses (March 4, 1905-March 3, 1911); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress; again engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the board of managers of Swarthmore College; president of the Friends Academy, Locust Valley, Nassau County; vice president of the Roslyn Savings Bank; a director of the Bank of Westbury and the Bank of Hicksville; elected mayor of the village of Old Westbury, Long Island, N.Y., in 1924 and served until his death there on May 24, 1932; interment in Friends Cemetery, Westbury, Long Island, N.Y.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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