Williams, Edward Bennett

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  • 1920, May 31: Born, Hartford, Conn.
  • 1941: A.B., College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass.
  • 1941 - 1942 : Served in United States Army Air Force
  • 1945: LL.B, Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C.
  • 1945 - 1949 : Practiced law, Hogan & Hartson, Washington, D.C.
  • 1949: Cofounded Chase and Williams law firm, Washington, D.C. Married Dorothy A. Guider (died 1959)
  • 1946 - 1958 : Professor, criminal law and evidence, Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C.
  • 1954: Defended Joseph R. McCarthy in censure action before the United States Senate
  • 1955: Defended Confidential Magazine against charges of violating postal obscenity laws
  • 1956: Defended former Office of Strategic Services officer Aldo Icardi against a perjury charge related to the alleged murder of another OSS officer
  • 1957: Represented Frank Costello in a denaturalization proceeding and in an appellate proceeding involving wiretap evidence Defended teamster union leader James R. Hoffa in a bribery case
  • 1959: Defended industrialist Bernard Goldfine against tax evasion charges
  • 1960: Married Agnes A. Neill Defended Adam Clayton Powell in a tax evasion case
  • 1962: Published One Man's Freedom (New York: Atheneum. 344 pp.)
  • 1963: Represented Robert G. Baker before the Senate Rules Committee regarding allegations of corruption.
  • 1965 - 1985 : President, Washington Redskins football team
  • 1967: Cofounded Williams and Connolly, Washington, D.C.
  • 1971: Visiting lecturer, Yale University Law School, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1974 - 1977 : Treasurer, Democratic party national committee
  • 1976 - 77, 82 : Member, President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
  • 1979 - 1988 : Owner, Baltimore Orioles baseball team
  • 1988, Aug. 13: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the Edward Bennett Williams Papers, 1920-1990, (bulk 1960-1988), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Thomas J. Dodd Papers, undated, 1919-1971. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Center.
referencedIn Harvard Law School Forums Records Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn New York Times Company records. A.M. Rosenthal papers, 1955-1994, 1967-1986 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Clark M. Clifford Papers, 1883-1999, (bulk 1946-1998) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Edward Bennett Williams Papers, 1920-1990, (bulk 1960-1988) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
correspondedWith Clay, Brutus J. person
correspondedWith Clifford, Clark M., 1906-1998 person
associatedWith Committee on the Present Danger (U.S.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Cooke, Jack Kent person
associatedWith Dodd, Thomas J. (Thomas Joseph), 1907-1971 person
associatedWith Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006 person
correspondedWith Harvard Law School Forum corporateBody
correspondedWith Reagan, Ronald person
associatedWith Rosenthal, A. M. (Abraham Michael), 1922-2006 person
correspondedWith Rostow, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1913-2002 person
associatedWith United States. President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. corporateBody
correspondedWith Valenti, Jack person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Practice of law


Birth 1920-05-31

Death 1988-08-13


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