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William Williams (Indiana)

William Williams (May 11, 1821 – April 22, 1896) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.


Born near Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Williams attended the common schools and received a very limited education. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1845 and commenced practice in Warsaw, Indiana. Williams served as Treasurer of Kosciusko County in 1852. He resigned the office of treasurer for an ultimately unsuccessful bid for Lieutenant Governor in 1853.

Williams managed the Bank of Warsaw for several years, and also served as director of the Fort Wayne and Chicago Railway from 1854 to 1856, and as director of the Michigan City prison from 1859 to 1862. He served in the Union Army as commandant of Camp Allen in Fort Wayne, in 1862 and as paymaster of Volunteers, with headquarters at Louisville, Kentucky, until the close of the war.

Williams was elected as a Republican to the Fortieth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1875). He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War (Fortieth through Forty-third Congresses). He did not run in 1874, and returned to Warsaw to practice law.

In 1882, Williams was appointed by President Arthur as Chargé d'Affaires to Paraguay and Uruguay and served until July 21, 1885.

He returned to Warsaw, Indiana, in 1885 and retired from active business pursuits. He died there on April 22, 1896, and was interred in Oakwood Cemetery.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph H. Defrees
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 10th congressional district

March 4, 1867 – March 4, 1873
Succeeded by
Henry B. Sayler
Newly apportioned district Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 13th congressional district (At-large)

March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Succeeded by
John H. Baker
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John C. Caldwell
United States Chargé d'Affaires, Uruguay
July 10, 1882 – July 21, 1885
Succeeded by
John E. Bacon
United States Chargé d'Affaires, Paraguay
August 26, 1882–21 July 1885

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