|Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission|
February 8, 1990 – November 11, 1999
George H.W. Bush (1990)|
Bill Clinton (1993)
|Preceded by||Thomas F. Moakley|
|Succeeded by||Joseph E. Brennan|
United States Senator|
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1979
|Preceded by||Margaret Chase Smith|
|Succeeded by||William Cohen|
|Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives|
from Maine's 2nd district
January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1973
|Preceded by||Clifford McIntire|
|Succeeded by||William Cohen|
|Born||William Dodd Hathaway|
February 21, 1924
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||June 24, 2013 (aged 89)|
McLean, Virginia, U.S.
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
|Service/branch||United States Army Air Corps|
|Years of service||1942–1946|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Hathaway was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He served in World War II in the United States Army Air Corps, where he was shot down while bombing the Ploiești, Romania oil fields during Operation Tidal Wave and was a prisoner of war for over two months. He was awarded the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
He served as Assistant County Attorney for Androscoggin County from 1955 to 1957, and he was a Hearing Examiner for the State Liquor Commission from 1957 to 1961.
A Democrat, in 1964 he was elected to the U.S. House from the 2nd District, and he served from 1965 until 1973. This was a time of resurgence for Democrats in Maine, at that time a traditionally Republican state. The same period saw the growth of the political careers of Edmund S. Muskie and Kenneth M. Curtis.
In 1972 Hathaway ran for the United States Senate and defeated four-term Republican incumbent Margaret Chase Smith. In 1973, Hathaway was one of the three senators who opposed the nomination of Gerald Ford to be Vice President. (The other two were Thomas Eagleton and Gaylord Nelson.) Hathaway was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1978, losing to his successor in the 2nd District, future Secretary of Defense William Cohen, by 22 percentage points. 
Hathaway resided in the Washington, DC, area after leaving the Senate and worked as a lobbyist and lawyer.  In 1990 he was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to the Federal Maritime Commission, and he served as Chairman from 1993 to 1996.
Hathaway was known and loved by the employees of the Senate, especially the Senate elevator operators. He was a constant source of humor and good will to those that worked on the Capitol elevators. "Going Up" is an unpublished manuscript by Kerry Whitney, US Senate Elevator Operator.
He retired in 1996 and continued to live in the Washington, DC, area.
This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.
- Kestenbaum, Lawrence (2009). "William Dodd Hathaway entry". Political Graveyard. Retrieved October 2, 2009.
- "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 1978" (PDF). Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- "Former Maine Sen. William Hathaway dead at 89". Bangor Daily News. June 24, 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
- United States Congress. "William Hathaway (id: H000346)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 2nd congressional district
United States Senator (Class 2) from Maine
Served alongside: Edmund Muskie