William Frye “Bill” Hildenbrand was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania on November 28, 1921. He attended public schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War. A former radio announcer, Hildenbrand went to Washington in 1957 to work for Representative Harry Haskell, and in 1961, Senator Caleb Boggs. In 1969, he became the assistant to Republican Senatorial Whip Hugh Scott, and in 1974 he was elected Republican Secretary of the Senate, retiring in 1984. Mr. Hildenbrand worked with Senator Muskie on the Air and Water Pollution Subcommittee.
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