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William E. Williams

William Elza Williams (May 5, 1857 – September 13, 1921) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

William Elza Williams
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 16th district
In office
March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1901
Preceded byWilliam H. Hinrichsen
Succeeded byThomas J. Selby
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's At-large (Seat B) district
In office
March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1917
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byMedill McCormick
Personal details
Born(1857-05-05)May 5, 1857
Detroit, Illinois
DiedSeptember 13, 1921(1921-09-13) (aged 64)
Pittsfield, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic Party
Alma materIllinois College

Born near Detroit, Illinois, Williams attended the public schools and Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1880 and practiced in Detroit and Pittsfield, Illinois. State's attorney of Pike County, Illinois, 1886–1892. He served as member of the board of aldermen of Pittsfield. He served as member of the board of education. He became trial lawyer for the City Railway Co. of Chicago in 1903.

Williams was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1899–March 3, 1901). He resumed the practice of law in Pittsfield, Illinois.

Williams was elected to the Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1913–March 3, 1917). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1916 to the Sixty-fifth Congress and for election in 1918 to the Sixty-sixth Congress. He continued the practice of law until his death in Pittsfield, Illinois, September 13, 1921. He was interred in Pittsfield West Cemetery.


External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "William E. Williams (id: W000548)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William H. Hinrichsen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 16th congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas J. Selby
Preceded by
District created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's at-large congressional district

Succeeded by
Medill McCormick