Abram Williams

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Abram P. Williams
United States Senator
from California
In office
August 4, 1886 – March 3, 1887
Preceded byGeorge Hearst
Succeeded byGeorge Hearst
Personal details
Born(1832-02-03)February 3, 1832
New Portland, Maine, U.S.
DiedOctober 17, 1911(1911-10-17) (aged 79)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican

Abram Pease Williams (February 3, 1832 – October 17, 1911) was a teacher, businessman and U.S. Senator from California.


Abram was born in New Portland, Maine on February 3, 1832. He attended the common schools of the time and completed a course of study at North Anson Academy from 1846 to 1848. He taught school at North Anson before moving to Fairfield, Maine, in 1853. There he engaged in the mercantile business. In 1858 Williams moved to California and worked in the mining fields in Tuolumne County. In 1859 he resumed his mercantile pursuits. He then moved to San Francisco in 1861 and became an importer, stock raiser, and farmer. Abram was one of the founders of the San Francisco Board of Trade, serving as its first president. He was also a member of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. In 1886 Williams was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John F. Miller and served until March 3, 1887. He did not run for a renomination in 1887. When he returned to California he resumed the wholesale mercantile business in San Francisco, where he died October 17, 1911. He was interned at the Maplewood Cemetery in Fairfield, Maine.


  • United States Congress. "Abram Williams (id: W000486)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
George Hearst
U.S. senator (Class 1) from California
Served alongside: Leland Stanford
Succeeded by
George Hearst