Joseph Lanier Williams

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Joseph Lanier Williams
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1843
Preceded by Luke Lea
Succeeded by Julius W. Blackwell
Personal details
Born October 23, 1810
Knoxville, Tennessee
Died December 31, 1865(1865-12-31) (aged 55)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Malinda R. Williams
Alma mater

University of East Tennessee

United States Military Academy



Joseph Lanier Williams (October 23, 1810 – December 31, 1865) was an American politician that represented Tennessee's third district in the United States House of Representatives.


Williams was born near Knoxville, Tennessee on October 23, 1810. After completing preparatory studies, he attended the University of East Tennessee, and attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Knoxville, Tennessee. He married Malinda R. Williams and they had four children.[1]


Williams was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth, Twenty-sixth, and Twenty-seven Congresses. He served from March 4, 1837 to March 3, 1843.[2] He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1842. He engaged in the practice of law in Washington, D.C.

Appointed judge of the United States District Court of Dakota Territory by President Abraham Lincoln, Williams served in that capacity from 1861 to 1865.[3]


Williams died in Knoxville, Tennessee on December 31, 1865 (age 55 years, 52 days). He is interred in Old Gray Cemetery in Knoxville. He was the son of U.S. Senator John Williams.[4]


  1. ^ "Joseph Lanier Williams" (PDF). Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Joseph Lanier Williams". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Joseph Lanier Williams". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Joseph Lanier Williams". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Luke Lea
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Julius W. Blackwell