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James Robert Williams Papers


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Title: James Robert Williams Papers, 1877-1918Add to your cart.

ID: 4/1/PP15

Primary Creator: Williams, James R. (James Robert), 1850-1923. (1850-1923)

Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Arranged in chronological order.

Subjects: Illinois - History - 1865, Illinois - Politics and government, Williams, James R. (James Robert), 1850-1923

Forms of Material: Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers of lawyer, judge, and Illinois Representative, James Robert Williams consist of correspondence, 1877-1918 and a few photographs. Williams was born in Carmi, Illinois. He was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-first Congress and re-elected to the Fifty-seventh and Fifty-eighth Congresses.

Biographical Note

James Robert Williams (1850-1923) was a United States Representative from Illinois (1889-1895, 1899-1905).  He was born December 27, 1850, in Carmi, Illinois.  He attended common schools, graduating form Indiana State University at Bloomington in 1875 and from Union College of Law, Chicago, in 1876. He was admitted to the bar in 1876 and commenced practice in Carmi, Illinois. He was a master in chancery, 1880-1882, county judge of White County, 1882-1886, and was nominee for presidential elector on the Democratic ticket of Cleveland and Thurman in 1888. Williams was then elected as a Democrat to the 51st Congress in a special election to fill a vacancy left by the death of Richard W. Townsend.  After his retirement fromWilliams continued to practice law until his death on November 8, 1923, in Loma Linda, California. His interment is in Maple Ridge Cemetary, Carmi, Illinois.

Subject/Index Terms

Illinois - History - 1865
Illinois - Politics and government
Williams, James R. (James Robert), 1850-1923

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Related Materials: Was MSS 005.

Preferred Citation: James Robert Williams papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Other Note: Old Number: MSS #5

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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Biography and inventory, circa 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, June 6, 1877-October 13, 1883Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, November 7, 1883-May 25, 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, January 13, 1891-September 14, 1892Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, May 1, 1893-September 15, 1894Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, January 6, 1898-December 25, 1898Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, January 6, 1899 - March 29, 1899Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, April 10, 1899-December 20, 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, January 7, 1902-September 23, 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence, October 9,1903-February 5, 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Corresepondence, February 8, 1903 - June 11, 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence, August 17, 1903-October 2, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence, circa 1902-1904Add to your cart.
This folder primarily consits of numerous invitations and a few handwritten notes.
Folder 14: Photographs, no dateAdd to your cart.

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