|William Handy Ludlow|
|Speaker of the New York State Assembly|
January 1 – December 31, 1853
|Preceded by||Jonas C. Heartt|
|Succeeded by||Robert H. Pruyn|
|Member of the New York State Assembly from Suffolk Co.|
January 1 – December 31, 1853
|Preceded by||Zopher B. Oakley|
|Succeeded by||William S. Preston|
|Born||April 2, 1821|
Yonkers, New York, U.S.
|Died|| September 26, 1890 69) (aged|
Oakdale, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Frances Louisa Nicoll|
(m. 1841;her death 1887)
|Children||6, including William|
|Parents|| Ezra Ludlow|
|Years of service||1861–1866|
|Unit||73rd New York Infantry|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
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Ludlow graduated from New York University.
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Jonas C. Heartt
| Speaker of the New York State Assembly |
Robert H. Pruyn