Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
COTTER, William Ross (1926-1981)

COTTER, WILLIAM ROSS, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Hartford, Conn., July 18, 1926; attended the Hartford public schools; B.A., Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., 1949; member, court of common council, city of Hartford, 1953; aide to Gov. Abraham Ribicoff, 1955-1957; deputy insurance commissioner, State of Connecticut, 1957-1964, and insurance commissioner, 1964-1970; delegate to Connecticut State Democratic conventions, 1954-1970; delegate to Democratic National Conventions, 1964, 1968; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-second and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1971, until his death in East Lyme, Conn., September 8, 1981; was a resident of Hartford, Conn.; interment in Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield, Conn.

University of Connecticut Library
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
Storrs, CT
Papers: 1970-1981, 129 linear feet.
The William Ross Cotter papers contain newspaper clippings, information on legislative bills, correspondence, executive and campaign records, grant files, questionnaires, press releases and various Connecticut Town files. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.


University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication
Norman, OK
Videoreel: 1972, 1 commercial on 1 videoreel.
Commercials used during William Cotter's campaign for the 1972 U.S. congressional election in Connecticut, Democratic Party.

  • Memorial services held in the House of Representatives and Senate of the United States, together with tributes presented in eulogy of William R. Cotter, late a Representative from Connecticut / Ninety-seventh Congress, first session. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1981.
  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: William R. Cotter, Democratic Representative from Connecticut. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.