WOODSTOCK, Vt. (AP) - Franklin Billings Jr., an iconic political and judicial leader and the son of a former Vermont governor, has died at the Woodstock home where he was born. He was 91.
Billings' widow, Pauline, says that the former chief judge of the U.S. district court for Vermont died Sunday morning.
Billings became speaker of the state House in 1961 and then served on the state supreme court from 1975 to 1984, including one year as chief justice before he was nominated to the district court by President Ronald Reagan.
His father served as governor of Vermont from 1925 to 1927.
Billings is survived by four children and eight grandchildren. A private family service was planned.
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