Williams, Jack, 1909-

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John R. (Jack) Williams, Arizona governor, Phoenix mayor and radio commentator, was born October 29, 1909 at Los Angeles, California. He relocated with his family to Phoenix, where he attended Phoenix Union High School and Phoenix Junior College. He was hired at radio station KOY in 1929 and became a popular radio commentator.

Williams became vice president of the Phoenix Housing Authority in 1944, president of the Phoenix Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1946 and a member of the Phoenix City Council. He served two terms as mayor of Phoenix beginning in 1956. He was elected governor as a Republican in 1966 and served three terms until 1975. He was the first Arizona governor elected to a four-year term. Williams died at Phoenix in 1975.

SOURCE: Jack Williams, American Biographical Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, Paul W. Pollock, Phoenix, Arizona, 1981.

From the guide to the John R. Williams Papers, 1967-1974, (Arizona State University Libraries Arizona Collection)

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referencedIn Giss, Harold C., 1906-1973. Giss papers, 1948-1973. Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division
referencedIn Burch, Dean, 1927-. Dean Burch papers, 1964-1973 [manuscript]. Arizona State University Libraries
referencedIn Newcomer, E. D., 1896-1973. Newcomer photographs - Military series, 1954-1968. Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division
referencedIn Orme, Charles H., 1918-. Charles H. Orme Jr. collection, 1950-1998. Arizona State University Libraries
referencedIn Shadegg, Stephen C. Stephen C. Shadegg collection, 1855-1991, 1930s-1990 [manuscript]. Arizona State University Libraries
referencedIn Newcomer, E. D., 1896-1973. Newcomer portraits, M-Z, 1926-1970 (bulk 1950-1969). Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division
referencedIn Brophy, Frank Cullen, 1894-1978. Brophy papers -- Frank Brophy political files, 1918-1977. Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division
creatorOf John R. Williams Papers, 1967-1974 Arizona State University Libraries Arizona Collection
referencedIn Central Arizona Project Association. Records, 1992-1974 (bulk 1946-1974). Arizona State University Libraries
referencedIn Gosnell, Robert E., 1908-1994. Robert E. Gosnell Collection (1908-1994), ca. 1920's-ca. 1990's. Arizona State University Libraries
referencedIn Giss, Harold C., 1906-1973. Giss political event photographs, ca. 1949-1972. Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division
referencedIn Johnson, Rich. Rich Johnson papers, 1935-1986 (bulk 1961-1984). Arizona State University Libraries
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associatedWith Burch, Dean, 1927- person
associatedWith Central Arizona Project Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Giss, Harold C., 1906-1973. person
associatedWith Gosnell, Robert E., 1908-1994. person
associatedWith Johnson, Rich. person
associatedWith Newcomer, E. D., 1896-1973. person
associatedWith Orme, Charles H., 1918- person
associatedWith Shadegg, Stephen C. person
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Birth 1909-10-29

Death 1998-08-24

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