George F. Williams

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George Fred Williams
George Fred Williams.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893
Preceded by John W. Candler
Succeeded by Joseph H. O'Neil
United States Minister to Greece
In office
1913–1914
Preceded by Garrett Droppers
Succeeded by Jacob Gould Schurman
United States Minister to Montenegro
In office
1913–1914
Preceded by Garrett Droppers
Succeeded by Jacob Gould Schurman
Personal details
Born July 10, 1852
Dedham, Massachusetts
Died July 11, 1932 (aged 80)
Brookline, Massachusetts
Political party Republican (until 1884)
Democrat
Alma mater Dartmouth College

George Fred Williams (July 10, 1852 – July 11, 1932) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts and Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to both Greece and Montenegro.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Dedham, Massachusetts, Williams attended private schools, graduated from the Dedham High School in 1868, and from Dartmouth College in 1872. He studied at the Universities of Heidelberg and Berlin. He also studied law at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts.

He taught school in West Brewster, Massachusetts in 1872 and 1873. He was also a reporter for the Boston Globe. He was admitted to the bar in 1875 and practiced in Boston. He dited Williams' Citations of Massachusetts Cases in 1878 and volumes 10 to 17 of the Annual Digest of the United States 1880 to 1887.


Public life[edit]

Initially a Republican, Williams bolted the party in the Mugwump revolt of 1884, and eventually joined the Democratic Party. He served as member of the Dedham School Committee before being elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1890. Williams was elected to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893) but lost a bid for reelection in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress.

He resumed the practice of law in Boston, Massachusetts and was an unsuccessful Democratic nominee for Governor in 1895, 1896, and 1897. He served as delegate to several state Democratic conventions and to the Democratic National Conventions in 1896, 1900, 1904 and 1908. In the 1896 convention, he bucked the state party establishment by abandoning the gold plank supported by the rest of the delegation, and supported William Jennings Bryan for president. This action did tremendous damage to his future elective prospects within the party.

Williams was appointed Minister to Greece and Montenegro by President Woodrow Wilson, serving from 1913 to 1914. He resigned this position after a visit to Albania so he could speak out freely against the government there.[1]

Later life[edit]

He resumed the practice of law until his retirement in 1930 and died in Brookline, near Boston, July 11, 1932. He was interred in Dedham's Old Village Cemetery.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Williams vs William". The Independent. Jul 6, 1914. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 

Sources[edit]

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John W. Candler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 9th congressional district

March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893
Succeeded by
Joseph H. O'Neil
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Jacob Gould Schurman
United States Minister to Greece
1913–1914
Succeeded by
Garrett Droppers
Preceded by
Jacob Gould Schurman
United States Minister to Montenegro
1913–1914
Succeeded by
Garrett Droppers

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.