He attended the common schools and Ten Broeck Free Academy in Franklinville. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1866 and practiced.
He was School Commissioner of the Cattaraugus County first district from 1867 to 1870.
He moved to Ellicottville in 1870, where he served as a trustee of the Ellicottville Union School. From 1871 to 1877 he was the federal assessor of internal revenue for New York's thirty-first collection district. He served as district attorney of Cattaraugus County 1877-1883. In 1882 and 1883 he also served as Ellicottville's Town Supervisor and a member of the Cattaraugus County Board of Supervisors.
After leaving Congress Laidlaw resumed the practicing law in Ellicottville. He died there on August 19, 1908, and was interred in Sunset Hill Cemetery.
- United States Congress. "William G. Laidlaw (id: L000022)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- William G. Laidlaw at Find a Grave
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Preceded by |
Walter L. Sessions
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from New York's 34th congressional district
Warren B. Hooker
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