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Thomas Scott Williams (June 26, 1777 – December 15, 1861) was a U.S. Representative from Connecticut.

Thomas Scott Williams
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Born26 June 1777 Edit this on Wikidata
Wethersfield Edit this on Wikidata
Died15 December 1861 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 84)
Hartford Edit this on Wikidata
Alma mater
OccupationPolitician, lawyer, judge edit this on wikidata

He was a descendant of immigrant Robert Williams of Roxbury, a cordwainer of Great Yarmouth and Norwich, England, who arrived in Roxbury, Massachusetts with his wife and several children about 1635.

Born in Wethersfield, Connecticut, Williams completed preparatory studies. He was graduated from Yale College in 1794. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1799 and commenced practice in Mansfield, Connecticut. He moved to Hartford, Connecticut, in 1803. He was appointed attorney of the board of managers of the school fund of Hartford 1809–1810. He served in the State house of representatives in 1813, 1815, and 1816. He served as clerk of the house in 1815 and 1816.

Williams was elected as a Federalist to the Fifteenth Congress (March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1819). He was again a member of the State house of representatives in 1819, 1825, and 1827–1829. He was appointed in 1829 an associate judge of the supreme court of errors and of the superior court, and in May 1834 appointed chief justice, holding the position until his resignation in May 1847. He served as mayor of Hartford 1831–1835. He served as Vice President of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in 1843. [1] He resigned from public office. He served as president of the American Tract Society of New York from May 1848 until his death. He died in Hartford, Connecticut, December 15, 1861. Williams married in 1812 Delia Ellsworth, daughter of Founding Father Oliver Ellsworth of Windsor, Connecticut.[2] Williams was interred in Old North Cemetery near his brother-in-law William W. Ellsworth.


  1. ^ Missionary Herald, Volume 39. 47, Washington Street Boston: Press of Crocker and Brewster. 1843. p. 429. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  2. ^ The Oliver Ellsworth Homestead, Children, Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution, Archived 2008-09-16 at the Wayback Machine

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Benjamin Tallmadge
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's at-large congressional district

Succeeded by
Gideon Tomlinson