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William Perry Holaday (December 14, 1882 – January 29, 1946) was a U.S. Representative from the state of Illinois.

William P. Holaday
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from 's 18th district
In office
March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1933
Preceded byJoseph Gurney Cannon
Succeeded byJames A. Meeks
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1882-12-14)December 14, 1882
Ridge Farm, Illinois
DiedJanuary 29, 1946(1946-01-29) (aged 63)
Georgetown, Illinois
Political partyRepublican


Holaday was born near Ridge Farm, Illinois. He attended the common schools and Vermilion Academy in nearby Vermilion Grove. He entered Penn College (now William Penn University) in Oskaloosa, Iowa, then transferred to the University of Missouri. Holaday received his Law degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1905, and was admitted to the bar the same year. His initial legal practice was in Danville, Illinois.

Holaday served as assistant prosecuting attorney of Vermilion County from 1905 until 1907. He served as member of the State house of representatives from 1909 until 1923.

Holaday was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-eighth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1933). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress, after which he resumed the practice of Law in Danville.

Holaday died in Georgetown, Illinois on January 29, 1946. He was interred in Georgetown Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "William P. Holaday (id: H000708)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph G. Cannon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 18th congressional district

Succeeded by
James A. Meeks