Samuel Williams (American politician)
Samuel Wardell Williams (February 7, 1851 – August 5, 1913) was an American judge who is best known for being the Populist Party's nominee for Vice President of the United States in the election of 1908.
Samuel Wardell Williams
|Born||February 7, 1851|
Mount Carmel, Illinois, United States
|Died||August 5, 1913 (aged 62)|
Vincennes, Indiana, United States
Williams was born in Mount Carmel, Illinois in 1851. At some point, he moved to Indiana and became a judge.
In 1904, he was one of the candidates for the Populist Party's nomination for President and served as chairman of the Populist Committee. He came in third place at the convention, receiving 45 votes on the first ballot. Thomas E. Watson received 698 votes, and William V. Allen received 319.
In 1908, Williams was the vice presidential nominee of the Populist Party, running with Thomas E. Watson. They received 28,862 votes (0.19%), performing best in Watson's home state of Georgia, where they received upwards of 12%.
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