John M. S. Williams
Born in Richmond, Virginia, Williams moved to Boston, Massachusetts. He attended the public schools. He engaged in mercantile pursuits and was also a shipowner as a partner in the packet shipping firm Glidden & Williams, which operated clipper ships between Boston and San Francisco. He was a member of the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Society in 1854, served as member of the State house of representatives in 1856, and served in the State senate in 1858.
Williams was elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875). He was defeated for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress, and resumed his former business pursuits. He died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 19, 1886, and was interred in Mount Auburn Cemetery.
- "J.M.S. Williams. End of a Life Devoted to Religion and Humanity," Cambridge Chronicle, March 27, 1886, p.3.
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