Ransome Judson Williams

Ransome Judson Williams (January 4, 1892 – January 7, 1970) was the 102nd governor of South Carolina from 1945 to 1947.

Ransome Judson Williams
102nd Governor of South Carolina
In office
January 2, 1945 – January 21, 1947
Preceded byOlin D. Johnston
Succeeded byStrom Thurmond
75th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
In office
January 19, 1943 – January 2, 1945
GovernorOlin D. Johnston
Preceded byJoseph Emile Harley
Succeeded byGeorge Bell Timmerman, Jr.
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Marion County
In office
January 13, 1931 – January 10, 1933
Personal details
Ransome Judson Williams

(1892-01-04)January 4, 1892
Cope, South Carolina
DiedJanuary 7, 1970(1970-01-07) (aged 78)
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseVirginia Allen
Alma materMedical University of South Carolina
ProfessionPharmacist, politician


Born in Cope, South Carolina, he graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and became employed as a pharmacist. He married Virginia Faith Allen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Isham Allen, on October 11, 1916. His political career began when he was first elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives and served from 1931 to 1932. In 1943, he was elected the 75th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina and when Olin Johnston resigned from the Governorship in 1945, Williams became the 102nd Governor of South Carolina.

Williams sought re-election in 1946, but never had much popular support and finished a distant third to the eventual winner, Strom Thurmond. After the end of his term in 1947, he served as a trustee for numerous state colleges and died on January 7, 1970.

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Political offices
Preceded by Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of South Carolina
Succeeded by