Williams, William, 1731-1811

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Declaration of Independence signer from Connecticut.

From the description of Letter to Jabez Huntington and portrait, 1776 September 30. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 55225150

Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Connecticut.

From the description of ADS, 1776 July 3 : Lebanon, to the Committee of Pay Table. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 14176907

From the description of ADS, 1777 February 28 : Lebanon, to the Committee of Pay Table. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 14176937

Delegate to the Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and jurist from Connecticut.

From the description of Papers of William Williams, 1774-1785. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80348162

Delegate to the U.S. Continental Congress and jurist from Connecticut.

From the description of William Williams diary, 1774-1778. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70981628

American statesman.

From the description of Autograph letter : Lebanon, to Maj. Gen. Huntington, 1/2 past 6 p. m., 1778 Sept. 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270586617

Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Lebanon, to Mr. Andrew Huntington, 1785 Apr. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270587648

William Williams was the town clerk for Lebanon, Connecticut, and represented the town in the general assembly of Connecticut.

From the description of Legal document, 1764 July 16. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155866518

Thomas Wheeler Williams (1789-1874): engaged in shipping business and whaling in New London, Connecticut; member of Congress, 1839-1843; member of the Connecticut State legislature, 1846-1847; president of New London, Willimantic & Palmer Railroad.

William Williams (1731-1811): signer of the Declaration of Independence, delegate to Continental Congress; held many local political offices in Lebanon, Connecticut, and in Connecticut State government.

William Williams (1862-1947): admitted to Massachusetts bar, 1888; practiced law in New York City, 1888-1947; U.S. Commissioner of Ellis Island, 1902-1905, 1909-1913; active on other city boards and commissions.

From the description of William Williams family papers, 1754-1938 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702167209

William Williams (1731-1811): signer of the Declaration of Independence, delegate to Continental Congress; held many local political offices in Lebanon, Connecticut, and in Connecticut State government. Thomas Wheeler Williams (1789-1874): engaged in shipping business and whaling in New London, Connecticut; member of Congress, 1839-1843; member of the Connecticut State legislature, 1846-1847; president of New London, Willimantic & Palmer Railroad. William Williams (1862-1947): admitted to Massachusetts bar, 1888; practiced law in New York City, 1888-1947; U.S. Commissioner of Ellis Island, 1902-1905, 1909-1913; active on other city boards and commissions.

William Williams, 1862-1947 (B.A. 1884).

Born June 2, 1862, in New London, Conn.

Died February 8, 1947, in New York City.

Father, Charles Augustus Williams of New London 1886-88; son of Thomas Wheeler and Lucretia Shaw (Perkins) Williams. Mother, Elizabeth (Hoyt) Williams; daughter of Jonathan Edwards Hoyt and descendant of Elisha Williams, president of Yale 1726-38. Yale relatives include: Jonathan Edwards (B.A. 1720) (great-great-great-grandfather); and Hon. Elias Perkins (B.A. 1786) (great-grandfather).

Graduated from Real Gymnasium, Wiesbaden, Germany, 1882. Entered Yale College in Junior year; oration appointment Senior year; member Delta Kappa Epsilon.

Traveled in Europe 1884-85; attended Harvard Law School 1885-88 (LL.B. 1888; contributed to Harvard Law Review ); admitted to the bar 1888; associated with Simpson, Thacher [Thomas, '71] and Barnum [William M., '77], lawyers, New York City, 1888-92; associate counsel U.S. Government in Bering Sea arbitration with Great Britain, in Washington and Paris, 1892-93; lawyer in New York City 1893-1902, 1905-9 , 1919-47; U.S. Commissioner of Immigration, Ellis Island, 1902-05 and 1909-13; commissioner department of water supply, gas, and electricity, New York City, 1913-18; trustee Presbyterian Hospital 1913-47 (voting member 1913-46, honorary member 1946-47); on board Seamen's Church Institute of New York 1927-47; M.A. Hon. Yale 1906; enlisted Troop A, New York Volunteer Cavalry, June, 1898; promoted commissary of subsistence (rank of Major) July, 1898, and in charge transport U.S.S. Chester which sailed to Puerto Rico in August; because of illness on return voyage was mustered out March 12, 1899; commissioned Lieutenant Colonel, Procurement Division, Ordnance Department, Washington, February 8, 1918, and served until January 31, 1919; interested in mountain climbing he had scaled several Alpine peaks and Swiss Alps and contributed articles on his experiences to magazines; author: "Reminiscences of the Bering Sea Arbitration" ( American Journal of International Law, October, 1943); one of the four oldest active tennis players in the world; member American Bar Association, Association of the City of New York, and American and English Alpine clubs; vestryman St. Bartholomew's Church (Episcopal), New York City, 1916-47.

Unmarried.

Buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery, New London. Survived by a sister, Mrs. William Crozier of Washington.

From: Yale University Obituary Record, 1946-47. pp. 10-11.

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The William Williams Family Papers also includes information about the following individuals. For more information, please consult the citations below, or visit the repository.

William Williams (1731-1811)

Dictionary of American Biography. Vol. XX (New York; Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936), pp. 293-294.

Thomas Wheeler Williams (1789-1874)

Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1961. p. 1825.

From the guide to the William Williams family papers, 1754-1938, (Manuscripts and Archives)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Williams, William, 1731-1811. William Williams family papers, 1754-1938 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Connecticut. Court of Probate. (District of Windham). [Letters testamentary] 1785 September 27 / Wm. Williams. Texas Tech University Libraries, Academic Library
creatorOf Williams, William, 1731-1811. Autograph letter signed : to his wife, 1783 May 31. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Williams, William, 1731-1811. William Williams travel and expense diary, 1775, 1776. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Connecticut. Council of Safety. Order, 1776 July 4, Hartford, Conn., to the Committee of Pay Table. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf William Williams family papers, 1754-1938 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Williams, William, 1731-1811. Lebanon (Conn.) Treasurer's account book, 1759-1773. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Bamberger, Louis, 1855-1944,. Autograph collection, 1683-1929. New Jersey Historical Society Library
referencedIn Washington, George, 1732-1799. George Washington microfilm collection, 1775-1814 [microform]. U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center
creatorOf Rosenbach, A. S. W. (Abraham Simon Wolf), 1876-1952,. Signers of the Declaration of Independence autograph collection, 1756-1818. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Williams, William, 1731-1811. Letter to Jabez Huntington and portrait, 1776 September 30. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Adams, Abigail, 1744-1818. Gwathmey collection [manuscript], 1708-1852. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Wolcott, Giles, 1734-. Letter, 1771 December 7, East Windsor, Conn., to William Williams, Lebanon, Conn. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Williams, William, 1731-1811. Papers of William Williams, 1774-1785. Library of Congress
creatorOf Trumbull, David, 1751-1822. Papers, 1773-1823. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Henry A. Willard II Collection, 1743-1888, (bulk 1770-1840) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Trumbull, Jonathan, 1740-1809. Papers, 1753-1832. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Pepperell, Sir William, 1696-1759. Letter, 1756 August 31, Kittery, to Governor Wentworth. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Phelps, Jonathan, b. 1779. Writ of attachment served on Jonathan Phelps on complaint of Simeon Haley, 1811 May 3. New London County Historical Society
creatorOf Williams, William, 1731-1811. Autograph letter : Lebanon, to Maj. Gen. Huntington, 1/2 past 6 p. m., 1778 Sept. 3. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Williams, William, 1731-1811. William Williams diary, 1774-1778. Library of Congress
referencedIn Williams family. Papers, 1721-1908. Trinity College Library
creatorOf Williams, William, 1731-1811. ADS, 1776 July 3 : Lebanon, to the Committee of Pay Table. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
creatorOf Williams, William, 1731-1811. Letter, 1775 May 16, Hartford, Conn. to Thomas Williams, Lebanon, Conn. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Connecticut. General Assembly. House of Representatives. Resolution : establishing a Committee of Correspondence, 1773 May 21. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Letters and documents of signers of the Declaration of Independence, 1750-1933. Houghton Library
creatorOf Williams, William, 1731-1811. Autograph letter signed : to Gov. Trumbull, 1777 Nov. 28. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Williams, William, 1731-1811. Legal document, 1764 July 16. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Woodward, Joseph G. (Joseph Gurley),. Woodward collection, 1728-1776. Florence Griswold Museum
creatorOf Williams, William, 1731-1811. ADS, 1777 February 28 : Lebanon, to the Committee of Pay Table. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
creatorOf Williams, William, 1731-1811. William Williams account books, 1752-1826. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Williams, William, 1731-1811. List of members of Continental Congress, 1775 Sept., no day. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part I: The Revolution and the Administration, 1669-1958. Houghton Library
creatorOf Williams, William, 1731-1811. ALS, 1776 Mar. 17, Lebanon, Conn.[?], to Jabez Huntington. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Trumbull, Jonathan, 1710-1785. Letter, 1774 September 17, Lebanon, Conn., to William Murdock, Lebanon, Conn. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Willard, Henry A. (Henry Augustus), 1902-. Henry A. Willard II collection, 1743-1888 (bulk 1770-1840). Library of Congress
creatorOf Williams, William, 1731-1811. Autograph letter signed : Lebanon, to Mr. Andrew Huntington, 1785 Apr. 4. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Williams, William, 1731-1811. William Williams letter, 1781 July 10, to Wales & Elderkin. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Washington, George, 1732-1799. George Washington microfilm collection, 1775-1814 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Johnson, William Samuel, 1727-1819. Papers, 1753-1802. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Ellsworth, Oliver, 1745-1807. DS, 1776 July 22, Hartford, to unknown. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn Hoadley, Charles J. (Charles Jeremy), 1828-1900. Charles J. Hoadley and George E. Hoadley autograph collection, 1648-1925. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Wendell family papers, ca. 1620-1921. Houghton Library
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associatedWith Bamberger, Louis, 1855-1944, person
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associatedWith Connecticut. Council of Safety. corporateBody
associatedWith Connecticut. Court of Probate. (District of Windham) corporateBody
associatedWith Connecticut. General Assembly. House of Representatives. corporateBody
associatedWith Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876 person
associatedWith Ellsworth, Oliver, 1745-1807. person
associatedWith Gray, Simeon, 1733-1777. person
associatedWith Hall, Henry Bryan, fl. 1850-1900. person
associatedWith Hoadley, Charles J. (Charles Jeremy), 1828-1900. person
associatedWith Howe, Richard Howe, Earl, 1726-1799. person
associatedWith Hubbard, John, collector. person
associatedWith Huntington, person
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associatedWith Huntington, Benjamin, 1736-1800. person
associatedWith Huntington, Jabez, 1719-1786. person
associatedWith Huntington, Samuel, 1731-1796. person
associatedWith Johnson, William Samuel, 1727-1819. person
associatedWith Niles, Peleg, 1758-1828. person
associatedWith Pepperell, Sir William, 1696-1759. person
associatedWith Phelps, Jonathan, b. 1779. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. person
associatedWith Rosenbach, A. S. W. (Abraham Simon Wolf), 1876-1952, person
associatedWith Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793. person
associatedWith Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930. person
associatedWith Trumbull, David. person
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associatedWith United States. corporateBody
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associatedWith Wales & Elderkin. corporateBody
associatedWith Washington, George, 1732-1799. person
correspondedWith Wendell family. family
associatedWith Willard, Henry A. (Henry Augustus), 1902- person
associatedWith Williams family. family
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associatedWith Williams, Thomas Wheeler, 1789-1874. person
associatedWith Williams, William, 1862-1947. person
associatedWith Wolcott, Giles, 1734- person
associatedWith Woodward, Joseph G. (Joseph Gurley), person
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Connecticut
United States
United States
Ticonderoga (N.Y.)
United States
United States
Connecticut
Connecticut
Lebanon (Conn.)
United States
Connecticut
Connecticut--Lebanon
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Birth 1731-04-23

Death 1811-08-02

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