William Williams (Indiana politician)

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William Williams
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Preceded byNew district
Succeeded byDistrict abolished
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1873
Preceded byCharles M. La Follette
Succeeded byWinfield K. Denton
Personal details
Born(1821-05-11)May 11, 1821
Carlisle, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedApril 22, 1896(1896-04-22) (aged 74)
Warsaw, Indiana, U.S
Political partyRepublican
Military service
Branch/serviceUnion Army

William Williams (May 11, 1821 – April 22, 1896) was an American lawyer and politician who served four terms as a U.S. Representative from Indiana from 1867 to 1875.


Born near Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Williams attended the common schools and received a very limited education. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1845 and commenced practice in Warsaw, Indiana. Williams served as Treasurer of Kosciusko County in 1852. He resigned the office of treasurer for an ultimately unsuccessful bid for Lieutenant Governor in 1853.

Williams managed the Bank of Warsaw for several years, and also served as director of the Fort Wayne and Chicago Railway from 1854 to 1856, and as director of the Michigan City prison from 1859 to 1862. He served in the Union Army as commandant of Camp Allen in Fort Wayne, in 1862 and as paymaster of Volunteers, with headquarters at Louisville, Kentucky, until the close of the war.


Williams was elected as a Republican to the Fortieth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1875). He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War (Fortieth through Forty-third Congresses). He did not run in 1874, and returned to Warsaw to practice law.

In 1882, Williams was appointed by President Arthur as Chargé d'Affaires to Paraguay and Uruguay and served until July 21, 1885.

Later career and death

He returned to Warsaw, Indiana, in 1885 and retired from active business pursuits. He died there on April 22, 1896, and was interred in Oakwood Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "William Williams (id: W000545)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-04-24
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 10th congressional district

March 4, 1867 – March 4, 1873
Succeeded by
District inactive Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's At-large district

March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
District inactive
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by United States Chargé d'Affaires, Uruguay
July 10, 1882 – July 21, 1885
Succeeded by
John E. Bacon
United States Chargé d'Affaires, Paraguay
August 26, 1882–21 July 1885

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