WILLIAMS, Thomas Scott, (1777 - 1861)


WILLIAMS, Thomas Scott, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Wethersfield, Conn., June 26, 1777; completed preparatory studies; was graduated from Yale College in 1794; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1799 and commenced practice in Mansfield, Conn.; moved to Hartford, Conn., in 1803; appointed attorney of the board of managers of the school fund of Hartford 1809-1810; served in the State house of representatives in 1813, 1815, and 1816; clerk of the house in 1815 and 1816; elected as a Federalist to the Fifteenth Congress (March 4, 1817-March 3, 1819); again a member of the State house of representatives in 1819, 1825, and 1827-1829; appointed in 1829 an associate judge of the supreme court of errors and of the superior court, and in May 1834 appointed chief justice, holding the position until his resignation in May 1847; mayor of Hartford 1831-1835; resigned from public office; president of the American Tract Society of New York from May 1848 until his death; died in Hartford, Conn., December 15, 1861; interment in Old North Cemetery.