William Floyd Weld
Painting by: Robert A. Anderson

Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: 1990-1997

William Weld was credited with improving the business climate in Massachusetts by reducing taxes and state regulations on business. He forged cooperative relationships with Democratic leadership in the legislature, resulting in greater fiscal stability, reduced taxation, and substantive education reform.

A lawyer by training, Weld's wide-ranging intellect drew him to the study of languages, classics, chess, and sports. He earned his bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Harvard College in 1966. He received a diploma in international economics from Oxford University, with distinction, in 1967. In 1970, he received his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He left private legal practice in 1973, to serve as Assistant Minority council to the House Judiciary Committee as it considered impeachment proceedings against President Nixon. Mr. Weld reentered private practice until President Reagan appointed him United States Attorney for Massachusetts (1981-1986). Mr. Weld went on to serve as Assistant U.S. Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice.

Governor Weld, a Republican, won reelection to a second term of office with a margin in the popular vote exceeding seventy percent. He resigned the Governorship after being appointed Ambassador to Mexico by President Clinton, however he never served. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms successfully blocked the nomination by refusing to hold hearings to discuss it. Mr. Weld returned to private legal practice and published several of political novels.