James Williams (Ohio Auditor)

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James Williams
12th Ohio State Auditor
In office
January 8, 1872 – January 12, 1880
Preceded by James H. Godman
Succeeded by John F. Oglevee
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Champaign County district
In office
January 5, 1852 – January 1, 1854
Preceded by John T. Burnet
J. Rayburn
Succeeded by James M. Maitland
Personal details
Born (1822-05-21)May 21, 1822
Prince George's County, Maryland
Died November, 1892
Mechanicsburg, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sarah Staley

James Williams (May 21, 1822 – November 1892) was a Republican politician in the U.S. State of Ohio who was in the Ohio House of Representatives, and was Ohio State Auditor 1872–1880.

James Williams was born in Prince George's County, Maryland, and moved with his family to Mechanicsburg, Champaign County, Ohio in 1831. He was educated, studied medicine, and was admitted to practice in 1843. In 1849, he caught Gold Fever, and went to California.[1]

When Williams returned to Champaign County in 1851, he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives for the 50th General Assembly in 1852–1853.[2]

In 1856, Williams went to the State Capitol in Columbus with Ohio State Auditor Francis M. Wright, and served for sixteen years as clerk, chief clerk and deputy in the office. He was elected as State Auditor in 1871 and re-elected in 1875, serving eight years.[1]

Williams died at his home in Mechanicsburg in November, 1892.[1] He was married to Sarah Staley of Champaign County in 1848.[3]



Political offices
Preceded by
James H. Godman
Ohio State Auditor
Succeeded by
John F. Oglevee
Ohio House of Representatives
Preceded by
John T. Burnet
J. Rayburn
Representative from Champaign County
Succeeded by
James M. Maitland