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Joseph H. Williams

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Joseph Hartwell Williams February 15, 1814 – July 19, 1896 was an American politician who served as the 27th Governor of Maine from 1857 to 1858

Contents

  • 1 Early years
  • 2 Politics
  • 3 Later years
  • 4 Sources

Early yearsedit

Williams was born in Augusta in modern-day Maine, then a part of Massachusetts on February 15, 181412 He graduated from Harvard University in 1830 He also studied at Dane Law School in Cambridge

Politicsedit

Williams was a Democrat In 1854, he switched his political allegiance and become a Republican He became a member and president of the Maine State Senate in 1857 Hannibal Hamlin, the Governor of Maine at the time, resigned on February 25, 1857 to accept the position of United States Senator Williams, president of the senate at the time, became the new governor of the state He completed the term of Hannibal Hamlin He left office on January 6, 1858

Later yearsedit

After leaving office, Williams served as a member of the Maine House of Representatives from 1864 to 1866 He was re-elected as an independent to the Maine House of Representatives in 1873 He held that position for two years He ran for governorship in 1873, but he was unsuccessful He then practiced law He died on July 19, 1896

Sourcesedit

  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978 Greenwood Press, 1988 ISBN 0-313-28093-2
  1. ^ Maine Historical Magazine
  2. ^ Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder
Political offices
Preceded by
Hannibal Hamlin
Governor of Maine
1857–1858
Succeeded by
Lot M Morrill


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