William Louis Dickinson
William Louis Dickinson attended the public school in Opelika. Then he served 1943-1946 in the U.S. Navy and later held the rank of Major in the Air Force Reserve Command ( AFRC ). Dickinson graduated in 1950 at the Law Faculty of the University of Alabama with a Juris Doctor. He was admitted as a lawyer in the same year and then began to practice in Opelika. He was 1952-1954 Judge in Opelika, then 1954-1958 Judge of the Court of Common Pleas and Juvenile Court ( Juvenile Court ) in Lee County and most recently 1958-1962 magistrate on the 5th Judicial District of Alabama. He was also between 1962 and 1964 Executive Vice President of the Southern Railway System.
Dickinson was 1954-1962 Member in Opelika Board of Education and in 1961 its president. He was also a 1960-1962 one of the founders in the Board of Directors of Lee County Rehabilitation Center. After that, he was a member of the 1963 Governor's Industrial Development Committee of One Hundred. Dickinson took in the years 1964, 1966, 1968 and 1970 as a delegate to the State Republican Convention as well as part of the 1968 Republican National Convention. He was elected to the 89th U.S. Congress and reelected to the thirteen succeeding U.S. Congresses. Dickinson decided in 1992 against a candidacy for the 103rd U.S. Congress. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 3, 1965 to January 3, 1993.