September 25, 2018
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Naming a Portion of the State Highway System in Honor of General William 'Wild Bill' Donovan

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State Route 104 in the Town of Lewiston, Niagara County will be Renamed as the "General William 'Wild Bill' Donovan Memorial Highway"


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.7827/A.10548) naming a portion of the State Highway System in honor of General William 'Wild Bill' Donovan. The bill designates State Route 104 in the town of Lewiston as the "General William 'Wild Bill' Donovan Memorial Highway.

"General Donovan provided an incredible service to our nation and had a profound impact on World War I, World War II, and the modern American intelligence community," Governor Cuomo said. "It is a privilege to honor General Donovan's service and valor through this legislation, ensuring his legacy will remain in our memory for generations to come."

General William 'Wild Bill' Donovan, a native of Buffalo, New York, known as the Father of American Intelligence, is the only American to ever be awarded this nation's four highest military awards:

  • The Medal of Honor
  • The Distinguished Service Cross
  • The Distinguished Service Medal
  • The National Security Medal

General Donovan was a Decorated World War I veteran and founded and led the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor of the CIA, during World War II. General Donovan also received the Silver Star and the Purple Heart, as well as a number of other military honors. General William Donovan died on February 8, 1959 at the age of 76, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Senator Robert Ortt said, "General Donovan is one of the greatest military heroes our country has ever seen, and it is important that we have something that celebrates the contributions he made to our country. While many may not be aware of the extraordinary life this patriot lived, hopefully by renaming this highway, it will spark interest from others into learning who this man was, while also honoring his legacy."

Assemblyman Angelo Morinello said, "General Donovan dedicated his life to this country, and served as a hero to many in New York and nationwide. This legislation will help ensure his name will live on for generations. I commend Governor Cuomo for signing this bill."

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