|Commissioner of the General Land Office|
March 22, 1921 – April 21, 1929
|President||Warren G. Harding|
|Preceded by||Clay Tallman|
|Succeeded by||Charles C. Moore|
|Chair of the National Governors Association|
August 24, 1915 – December 14, 1916
|Preceded by||David I. Walsh|
|Succeeded by||Arthur Capper|
|3rd Governor of Utah|
January 4, 1909 – January 1, 1917
|Preceded by||John Christopher Cutler|
|Succeeded by||Simon Bamberger|
|Born||January 11, 1864|
Windsor, England, UK
|Died||April 21, 1929 (aged 65)|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
William Spry (January 11, 1864 – April 21, 1929) was an American politician who was the third Governor of Utah. He is the namesake of the William Spry Agriculture Building that houses the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.
Life and career
He served as governor of Utah from 1909 to 1917. He was a Republican. Spry was a strong opponent of Prohibition, and vetoed two bills that would have implemented this. From 1921 to 1929 Spry served as commissioner of Public Lands.
In 1885, Spry was called as an LDS Church missionary and went to serve in the Southern States Mission. From 1888 to 1891 (continuing his time from being a regular missionary), Spry served as president of the Southern States Mission. In 1890, during his mission, Spry received permission from the leaders of the church to return briefly to Salt Lake City where he married Mary Alice Wrathall.
In 1894, Spry was elected county collector in Tooele County, Utah. In 1902 Spry was elected to the Utah House of Representatives and in 1905 he was appointed one of the members of the Utah state board of land commissioners.
- List of U.S. state governors born outside the United States
- Mount Spry, a mountain named in his honor
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- Utah Legislators roster
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|Party political offices|
John Christopher Cutler
| Republican nominee for Governor of Utah
John Christopher Cutler
| Governor of Utah
David I. Walsh
| Chair of the National Governors Association
| Commissioner of the General Land Office
Charles C. Moore