RATCHFORD, William Richard (1934-2011)

RATCHFORD, WILLIAM RICHARD, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn., May 24, 1934; graduated from Danbury High School, Danbury, Conn., 1952; B.A., University of Connecticut, Storrs, 1956; J.D., Georgetown Law School, Washington, D.C., 1959; served in the Connecticut National Guard, 1959-1965; admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1959 and commenced practice in Danbury, in 1960; served in the Connecticut house of representatives, 1962-1974 and was speaker, 1969-1973; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Ninety-fourth Congress in 1974; chairman, Governor's Blue Ribbon Committee on Nursing Homes, 1975-1976; commissioner on aging, 1977-1978; delegate, Connecticut State Democratic conventions, 1960-1974; delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1972 and 1984; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-sixth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1979-January 3, 1985); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninety-ninth Congress; assistant administrator, General Services Administration, congressional affairs, 1993-2001; died on January 2, 2011, in Arlington, Va.

University of Connecticut Libraries
Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
Storrs, CT
Papers: ca.1961-1986, 200 linear feet.
The collection contains the records of William Ratchford's congressional career and includes correspondence, reports, studies, press releases, speeches, photographs, scrapbooks and multimedia. 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
Sound Tape Reel: 1982, 3 commercials on 1 sound tape reel.
The commercials were used during William Richard Ratchford's campaign for the 1982 U.S. congressional election in District 5 of Connecticut, Democratic Party.


University of Pennsylvania
Special Collections, Van Pelt Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1982, 1 item.
Correspondence between William Ratchford and Marian Anderson written in 1982.