Politics and Government - Men


 

Winston Edmunds
October 24, 1866 to December 15, 1933

Before Eugene Allen, the man portrayed in the 2013 movie "The Butler", Winston H. Edmunds worked as a butler in the governor's Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia for almost 50 years. He served as personal assistant to 12 governors and their families from 1886 to 1933. Mr. Edmunds also gave informal tours of the house and told stories of its many residents including an occasional ghost story. Inscribed on his gravestone are the words:

"His efficiency, courtesy and loyalty earned for him the confidence of his employers and the people of Virginia."

 

PHOTOS
Top L: Photo of Winston Edmunds courtesy of Virginia Executive Mansion, August 26, 2013. R. Headstone of Winston Edmunds.  Headstone photo taken October 18, 2008. 

SOURCES
Books
"
Virginia's Executive Mansion - A Student Activity Book." Virginia: unknown. Print.

Internet
"Virginia Executive Mansion." facebook.com/VAGovsMansion,Web. 26 Aug. 2013.

Site Visit
Winston Edmunds gravesite. Woodlawn Cemetery, Richmond, VA. 18 Oct. 2008.

INTERRED

Woodlawn Cemetery. 2300 Magnolia Road, Richmond, VA 23223. Phone: 804-643-4702. Contact person Mr. Entzminger.

Posted to website: October 20, 2008 and updated August 26, 2013.


Frank Wills

February 4, 1948 to September 27, 2000

As the United States Congress moved into another round of impeachment hearings, who will remember Frank Wills. When security guard Frank Wills made his rounds through the Watergate Hotel and Office Complex in Washington, DC on June 17, 1972, at 12:20a.m. he noticed an office door open and the lock covered with tape. He removed the tape, closed the door, and continued his rounds.

 

During his next set of rounds at 1:47a.m. Wills saw the same door open and the lock again taped. Housed behind the unlocked doors was the Democratic National Committee Office. Suspicious, Wills called the District of Columbia Police. They arrested five men.  All of them tied to the Committee to Reelect the President (Nixon), and so began the Watergate investigation leading to the resignation of President Richard Milhous Nixon on August 9, 1974. 

 

Wills earned $80.00 per week as a security guard. After the Watergate break-in, he worked for Dick Gregory and made some money appearing on talk shows. 

 

In the movie All the Presidents Men, viewers see a glimpse of Wills. Simeon Booker in a 1976 Jet Magazine article stated, “The audience lustily applauded, showing a sensitivity and a recognition which was not given him by the authors who could not have written the best-selling book (which doesn’t mention his name) or made the movie if there had been no Frank Wills.”

 

Wills died September 27, 2000, in poverty.

 

PHOTOS
Top L: Frank Wills Newspaper picture AP Wire photo. R: Gravesite picture taken November 26, 2019.

Bottom L: Watergate Hotel. R: Frank Wills Security Guard Log Record.


SOURCES
Internet
"‘The Post’ and the forgotten security guard who discovered the Watergate break-in."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/12/22/the-post-and-the-forgotten-security-guard-who-discovered-the-watergate-break-in/. Web. 25 Nov. 2019.

"Document for June 17th: Security Officer's Log of the Watergate Office Building Showing Entry for June 17, 1972." https://www.archives.gov/historical-docs/todays-doc/index.html?dod-date=617. Web. 25 Nov. 2019. 

"Frank Wills (1948-2000)."  https://www.Blackpast.org/african-american-history/people-african-american-history/frank-wills-1948-2000/. Web. 25 Nov. 2019.

"Frank Wills, 52; Watchman Foiled Watergate Break-In."  https://www.nytimes.com/2000/09/29/us/frank-wills-52-watchman-foiled-watergate-break-in.html. Web. 25 Nov. 2019.

Site Visit
Frank Wills gravesite. Mount Transfiguration Baptist Church Cemetery, North Augusta, SC. 26 Nov. 2019. 

INTERRED

Frank Wills gravesite. Mount Transfiguration Baptist Church Cemetery, North Augusta, SC. 26 Nov. 2019.

Posted to website: December 4, 2019. 



 

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