Papers of John Skelton Williams [manuscript], 1884-1926.

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Williams, John Skelton, 1865-1926. Papers of John Skelton Williams [manuscript], 1884-1926.

Papers of John Skelton Williams [manuscript], 1884-1926.

The collection contains the business, political and family papers of Williams, president of the Seabord Air Line Railway, asst. Secretary of the treasury, 1913, comptroller of the currency, 1914-21, and treasurer of the American Red Cross. The business papers contain correspondence, legal documents, financial statements, and stockholder lists, most of it from the railway and Williams's struggle to consolidate and maintain control of it. Papers from additional business interests including other railroads, investment banking, soil, fertilizer and mining companies are also represented. Political papers contain correspondence, minutes, reports, memoranda and court testimony. Chief topics are the Federal Reserve Board and Williams's opposition to its deflationary policies, efficient running of railroads in World War I, price fixing charges against the railroads and coal and steel operators. Other topics include his lawsuits against the Riggs National Bank for irreqular practices and the Senate controversy over his confirmation as comptroller. The papers also reflect his work as treasurer for the Red Cross and some of his Richmond civic and charitable activities. Family papers contain correspondence and legal papers, of Williams, his wife, and sons. There are also blueprints from the construction of their home, photographs, poetry and a commonplace book of John Langborne Williams. Many of Williams's speeches on financial and business topics are included as are news clippings documenting his entire career.

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