Joseph Edward Willard

Joseph Edward Willard
United States Ambassador to Spain
In office
October 31, 1913  July 7, 1921
President Woodrow Wilson
Preceded by Henry Clay Ide
Succeeded by Cyrus E. Woods
Member of the Virginia State
Corporation Commission
In office
October 1, 1905  February 18, 1910
Preceded by Henry Fairfax
Succeeded by J. Richard Wingfield
19th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
In office
January 1, 1902  February 1, 1906
Governor Andrew J. Montague
Preceded by Edward Echols
Succeeded by James Taylor Ellyson
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Fairfax County
In office
December 6, 1893  December 4, 1901
Preceded by R. C. Triplett
Succeeded by R. E. Lee, Jr.
Personal details
Born Joseph Edward Willard
(1865-05-01)May 1, 1865
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Died April 4, 1924(1924-04-04) (aged 58)
New York, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s) Belle Layton Wyatt
Alma mater Virginia Military Institute

Joseph Edward Willard (May 1, 1865 – April 4, 1924) was a U.S. political figure from the Commonwealth of Virginia.


The son of Joseph Clapp Willard and Antonia Ford, he served for eight years in the Virginia House of Delegates, prior to his election as the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. He held that office from 1902 through 1906, leaving after an unsuccessful run for Governor. He then assumed the office of commissioner of the Virginia State Corporation Commission, serving for four years. In 1913, he was appointed by Woodrow Wilson as the United States Ambassador to Spain. Upon the outbreak of World War I Willard was vacationing in the United States and returned to Europe aboard the USS Tennessee. Willard left knowing that his daughter, Belle, who was married to Kermit Roosevelt, was sick with typhoid fever (she would recover).[1] Ambassador Willard held his position until shortly before his death in 1924.


  1. "Cruiser Off With $5,750,000 in Gold to Aid Americans," New York World, Aug. 7, 1914.
Political offices
Preceded by
Edward Echols
Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
Succeeded by
James Taylor Ellyson
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Henry Clay Ide
United States Ambassador to Spain
Succeeded by
Cyrus E. Woods

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