- For the American actor Guinn "Big Boy" Williams (1899-1962), son of the congressman, see Guinn "Big Boy" Williams.
Guinn Terrell Williams (April 22, 1871 – January 9, 1948) was an American banker and politician. A Democrat, he served in the Texas State Senate, and is most notable for his service in the U.S. Representative from Texas.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Texas's 13th district
May 22, 1922 – March 3, 1933
|Preceded by||Lucian W. Parrish|
|Succeeded by||William D. McFarlane|
|Chairman of the United States House Committee on Territories|
March 4, 1931 – March 3, 1933
|Preceded by||Albert Johnson|
|Succeeded by||Robert A. Green|
|Born||April 22, 1871|
Beulah, Mississippi, U.S.
|Died||January 9, 1948 (aged 76)|
San Angelo, Texas, U.S.
|Resting place||Decatur Cemetery, Decatur, Texas|
|Spouse(s)||Minnie Leatherwood (1873-1966) (m. 1893-1948, his death)|
|Children||4 (including Guinn "Big Boy" Williams)|
|Alma mater||Transylvania College|
Born near Beulah, Mississippi, Williams was the son of farmer and Confederate veteran William Washington Williams and Minerva Jane (Thompson) Williams. He moved with his parents to Nocona, Texas in 1876, and they soon relocated to Decatur in Wise County. He attended the public schools of Wise County, and then received his qualification as a school teacher. He taught for several terms, and attended Transylvania College in Lexington, Kentucky.
Start of careerEdit
After his 1890 graduation, Williams became active in ranching and farming, and also pursued a career in banking. After gaining his initial experience as cashier of the State National Bank in Fort Worth, he was an incorporator of Decatur's City National Bank, and served as its vice president. His later ventures included establishing and serving as president of banks in cities and towns including Mineral Wells, Perrin, Bridgeport, and Paradise. 
In 1922, Williams was elected to the 67th Congress, filling the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Lucian W. Parrish. He was reelected to the 68th Congress and to the four succeeding Congresses, and served from May 22, 1922 to March 3, 1933. During his U.S. House tenure, Williams served on the Insular Affairs, Expenditures in the Executive Departments, and Territories committees.
Williams did not run for reelection in 1932. After leaving the House in March 1933, he was appointed to manage the Regional Agricultural Credit Corporation in San Angelo, Texas. In addition, he was active with the Texas Production Credit Corporation, Texas Goat Raisers Association, and Texas Wool and Mohair Company.
Williams was active in the Methodist churches of Decatur and San Angelo, and was an officer of the Sons of Confederate Veterans of Texas. He was also a 32nd degree Mason, and his Masonic activities included creating an educational fund that enabled six to ten male residents of the Masonic Orphanage in Fort Worth to attend college each year.
Retirement and deathEdit
- Guttery, Ben R. (2008). Representing Texas. Scotts Valley, CA: BookSurge.com. ISBN 978-1-4196-7884-4.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
- United States Congress. "Guinn Williams (id: W000501)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Guinn Williams at Find a Grave
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Lucian W. Parrish
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 13th congressional district
May 22, 1922 – March 3, 1933
William D. McFarlane
This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.