William Floyd Bill Weld is an American attorney, businessman, and politician who was the 68th Governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997. He was the Libertarian Partys nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2016 election and he resigned from the latter position in 1988, along with the Deputy Attorney General, in protest of an ethics scandal and associated investigations of Attorney General Ed Meese III. He was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 1990 and was Governor from 1991 to 1997 and he was re-elected by the largest margin in Massachusetts history in 1994 and was the Republican nominee for the United States Senate in 1996, losing to incumbent Democrat John Kerry. Weld was born in Smithtown, New York and his ancestor Edmund Weld was among the earliest students at Harvard College. He would be followed by eighteen more Welds at Harvard, where two buildings are named for the family, General Stephen Minot Weld Jr. fought with distinction in many major battles of the Civil War. They sent the servants over first to get the cottage ready, Welds father David was an investment banker, his mother, Mary Nichols Weld, was a descendant of William Floyd, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. His siblings are Dr. Francis Tim Weld, David Weld and his maternal grandfather was ichthyologist and ornithologist John Treadwell Nichols, and his first cousin is novelist John Nichols. Weld was educated at Middlesex School, Weld began his legal career as a counsel with the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate impeachment inquiry, where one of his colleagues was Hillary Rodham. In 1978, he ran unsuccessfully for Massachusetts Attorney General, losing to Democratic incumbent Francis X. Bellotti by 1,532,835 votes to 421,417. He was appointed as United States Attorney for Massachusetts in 1981 by President Ronald Reagan, in that capacity, Weld expanded an ongoing public corruption investigation of the administration of Boston Mayor Kevin White. More than 20 city employees were indicted, pleaded guilty, or were convicted of a range of charges, including several key political supporters of the Mayor. In 1981, Weld was recommended to President Reagan by Rudolph W. Giuliani, then Associate U. S. Attorney General, during Welds tenure, the Attorney Generals office prosecuted some of New Englands largest banks in cases involving money laundering and other white-collar crimes. In 1985, the Boston Globe said Weld has been by far the most visible figure in the prosecution of financial institutions, Weld gained national recognition in fighting public corruption, he won 109 convictions out of 111 cases. In 1986, President Reagan promoted Weld to head of the Criminal Division of the Justice Department in Washington, where Weld oversaw 700 employees. Weld was responsible for supervising all federal prosecutions, including those investigated by the FBI, during this time, Weld worked on some of the Reagan administrations most significant prosecutions and investigations, including the capture of Panamas Manuel Noriega on drug trafficking charges. Meese resigned from office in July 1988 shortly after Welds and Burns testimony, in 1990, Weld announced his candidacy for Governor of Massachusetts, to replace the out-going Michael Dukakis. At the state Republican convention, party officials backed Steven Pierce over Weld, Weld gained enough support to force a primary, and in an upset election, Weld won the Republican nomination over Pierce by a 60–40 margin. In the general election, he faced John Silber, the president of Boston University, polls showed Weld anywhere from a statistical tie to trailing by as many as ten points
Image: William Weld by Gage Skidmore
Governor Weld presenting a grant to the City of Lowell in 1994
Governor Weld announcing the revival of "The Shoe" as Cummings Center with Cummings Properties president James McKeown and founder Bill Cummings.