WILLIAMS, James Robert, (1850 - 1923)


”The House of Representatives of the Fifty Third Congress” (detail), The Graphic Chicago, 1893, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

WILLIAMS, James Robert, a Representative from Illinois; born in Carmi, White County, Ill., December 27, 1850; attended the common schools; was graduated from Indiana State University at Bloomington in 1875 and from Union College of Law, Chicago, Ill., in 1876; was admitted to the bar in 1876 and commenced practice in Carmi, Ill.; master in chancery 1880-1882; county judge of White County 1882-1886; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Richard W. Townsend; reelected to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses and served from December 2, 1889, to March 3, 1895; elected to the Fifty-sixth, Fifty-seventh, and Fifty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1905); resumed the practice of his profession; died in Loma Linda, San Bernardino County, Calif., November 8, 1923; interment in Maple Ridge Cemetery, Carmi, Ill.