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George S. Williams

George Short Williams (October 21, 1877 – November 22, 1961) was an American office administrator and politician from Millsboro in Sussex County, Delaware. He was a member of the Republican Party, who served as U.S. Representative from Delaware.

George S. Williams
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Delaware's At-large district
In office
January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1941
Preceded byWilliam F. Allen
Succeeded byPhilip A. Traynor
Personal details
Born(1877-10-21)October 21, 1877
Ocean View, Delaware
DiedNovember 22, 1961(1961-11-22) (aged 84)
Millsboro, Delaware
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceMillsboro, Delaware
Alma materDickinson College

Early life and familyEdit

Williams was born in Ocean View, Delaware. He attended the public schools and Wilmington Conference Academy, in Dover, Delaware, and graduated from Dickinson College, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1900.

Professional and political careerEdit

Williams was an instructor at Ironwood, Michigan High School from 1902 until 1904. He then became engaged in the lumber business in Delaware and North Carolina from 1905 until 1923. He was also interested in banking. Williams was Mayor of Millsboro, Delaware from 1921 until 1927, Treasurer of the State of Delaware from 1929 until 1933, President of the State Board of Education from 1927 until 1934, and deputy Motor Vehicle Commissioner from 1935 until 1937. In 1940 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention.

Williams was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1938, defeating incumbent Democrat U.S. Representative William F. Allen. He served in the Republican minority in the 76th Congress, and lost his bid for a second term in 1940 to Democrat, Philip A. Traynor. Williams served from January 3, 1939 until January 3, 1941, during the second administration of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Subsequently, he was the Delaware Motor Vehicle Commissioner from 1941 until 1946 and then was an administrative aide to U.S. Senator John J. Williams from 1947 until 1959.

Death and legacyEdit

Williams died at Millsboro, Delaware. He is buried in the Union Cemetery at Georgetown, Delaware, located at South Race Street. Take Route 113 south to Route 9 east into Georgetown. Follow Route 9 through the roundabout in center of town, then go right on South Race Street. Union Cemetery is at dead end.


Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1. The State Treasurer takes office the third Tuesday of January for a two-year term. U.S. Representatives take office January 3 and also have a two-year term.

+ Public Offices
Office Type Location Began office Ended office notes
Mayor Executive Millsboro 1921 1923
Mayor Executive Millsboro 1923 1925
Mayor Executive Millsboro 1925 1927
State Treasurer Executive Dover January 15, 1929 January 15, 1931
State Treasurer Executive Dover January 15, 1931 January 15, 1933
U.S. Representative Legislature Washington January 3, 1939 January 3, 1941
United States Congressional service
Dates Congress Chamber Majority President Committees Class/District
1939–1941 76th U.S. House Democratic Franklin D. Roosevelt at-large
Election results
Year Office Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
1938 U.S. Representative George S. Williams Republican 60,661 56% William F. Allen Democratic 46,989 43%
1940 U.S. Representative George S. Williams Republican 64,384 48% Philip A. Traynor Democratic 68,205 51%


  • Carter, Richard B. (2001). Clearing New Ground, The Life of John G. Townsend, Jr. Wilmington, Delaware: The Delaware Heritage Press. ISBN 0-924117-20-6.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William F. Allen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Delaware's at-large congressional district

Succeeded by
Philip A. Traynor