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William Joseph Granfield (December 18, 1889 – May 28, 1959) was a United States Representative from Massachusetts.

William Joseph Granfield
William J. Granfield (Massachusetts Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 2nd district
In office
February 11, 1930 – January 3, 1937
Preceded byWill Kirk Kaynor
Succeeded byCharles R. Clason
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
1917–1919
Personal details
Born(1889-12-18)December 18, 1889
Springfield, Massachusetts
DiedMay 28, 1959(1959-05-28) (aged 69)
Springfield, Massachusetts
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materNotre Dame Law School
ProfessionLawyer

Granfield was born in Springfield on December 18, 1889. He attended elementary and high school in Springfield, and graduated from Williston Academy in 1910. In 1913 he received his law degree from the Notre Dame Law School. He was admitted to the bar in 1916 and began to practice in Springfield.

He was a member of Springfield's common council in 1915 and 1916, and served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1917 to 1919. He was a delegate to the State constitutional convention of 1918 and 1919, and a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions every four years from 1924 to 1940.

He was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William K. Kaynor. He was reelected to the Seventy-second, Seventy-third, and Seventy-fourth Congresses and served from February 11, 1930 to January 3, 1937.

Granfield was not a candidate for renomination in 1936. He was appointed presiding justice of the district court of Springfield in 1936, and served until his retirement July 27, 1949.

He died in Springfield on May 28, 1959. Interment was at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Springfield.

SourcesEdit

  • United States Congress. "William J. Granfield (id: G000372)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Will Kirk Kaynor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district

February 11, 1930 – January 3, 1937
Succeeded by
Charles R. Clason