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William W. Milligan Papers

Identifier: TMD332

Scope and Contents

Collection contains wartime correspondence (1942-1946), clippings (1943-1944), photo album of Camp Hale, Colo. and Kiska Island, Alaska (1943), photographs (1996).


  • 1942-1996


Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The imply Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

William West Milligan was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio December 24, 1923, the son of William F. and Margaret W. Milligan. He graduated from Sidney High School, where he earned a place on the school’s Hall of Honor. While studying in Mexico, Milligan received a recommendation from a mountain climbing club that resulted in his assignment to 10th Mountain Division during World War II. He enlisted in the Army November 10, 1942 and served with the 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment until selected for officer training in August, 1944.

Following the war, Milligan earned a BA, cum laude, from Hiram College and obtained his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. In 1952, he continued his studies at the Montevideo Law School in Uruguay.

Milligan’s distinguished law career included extensive terms in public service. He served as an assistant Attorney General and as Executive Secretary to the Sidney Charter Commission. He was elected to four terms in the Ohio House of Representatives and served as counsel to the Antitrust Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Milligan was also U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio and Chairman of the Ohio Unemployment Compensation Review Commission.

Milligan practiced law privately and also with the firms of Emens, Hurd, Kegler and Ritter and Lane, Alton and Horst. He volunteered extensively in numerous church, social and community organizations. When not reading the Economist or playing chess, he loved to be with family.

Milligan passed away March 3, 2012 at Columbus, Ohio.


1 box

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; Sue Milligan; 2014.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

Forms part of: 10th Mountain Division Resource Center Collection.

William W. Milligan Papers
Keli Schmid
September 11, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States