WILLIAMS, Alpheus Starkey, a Representative from Michigan; born in Saybrook, Middlesex County,
Conn., September 20, 1810; was graduated from Yale College in 1831; studied
law; was admitted to the bar in 1837 and commenced practice in Detroit, Mich.;
judge of probate 1840-1844; editor of the Detroit Daily Advertiser 1843-1847;
served in the war with Mexico; commissioned lieutenant colonel of the First
Michigan Infantry December 8, 1847; mustered out July 29, 1848; postmaster of
Detroit 1849-1853; commissioned brigadier general of Michigan Volunteers April
24, 1861, and of United States Volunteers May 17, 1861; brevetted major general
of Volunteers January 12, 1865; mustered out January 15, 1866; unsuccessful
nominee for Governor of Michigan in 1866; Minister Resident to San Salvador
1866-1869; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses
and served from March 4, 1875, until his death in Washington, D.C., December
21, 1878; chairman, Committee on District of Columbia (Forty-fifth Congress);
interment in Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
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Wayne State Press and the Detroit Historical Society, 1959.