Josiah B. Williams
Josiah Butler Williams (December 16, 1810 Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut – September 26, 1883 Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York) was an American businessman, banker and politician from New York.
He was the son of Josiah Williams (1768–1842) and Charity (Shaler) Williams (1775–1865). He married Mary Huggeford Hardy (1824–1911), and they had 12 children, among them geologist Henry Shaler Williams (1847–1918).
Williams was nominated on the Know Nothing ticket for Canal Commissioner at the New York state election, 1854, but two weeks before the election declined to run. The party managers then substituted Hard Democrat Clark Burnham on the ticket but, due to slow communications, Williams still polled almost 60,000 votes.
He was buried at the Ithaca City Cemetery.
- The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (pages 137, 147, 323 and 332; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
- Short bio at Ancestry.com
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