Reuel Williams

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Reuel Williams
Senator Reuel Williams.jpg
United States Senator
from Maine
In office
March 4, 1837 – February 15, 1843
Preceded by Judah Dana
Succeeded by John Fairfield
Personal details
Born June 2, 1783
Hallowell, Maine
Died July 25, 1862(1862-07-25) (aged 79)
Augusta, Maine
Resting place Augusta, Maine
Political party Democratic
Profession Law

Reuel Williams (June 2, 1783 – July 25, 1862) was a U.S. Senator from Maine.

Born in Hallowell, Maine to Seth Williams and Zilpha Ingraham, he attended Hallowell Academy, and went on to study law. He was admitted to the bar in 1804, commencing practice in Augusta, Maine.

He was a member of the Maine Legislature from 1812 to 1829 and again in 1832 and 1848. He was commissioner of public buildings in 1831. He served as a presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1836.

In 1837, he was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Ether Shepley and served from March 4, 1837, to February 15, 1843, when he resigned.

While in the Senate he served as chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Naval Affairs.

He was also the manager of the Kennebec & Portland Railroad for 12 years. He died in Augusta, aged 79, and was interred in his family's cemetery on the banks of the Kennebec River in Augusta.

His son, Joseph H. Williams, also a politician, was elected Governor of Maine. Daughter, Jane E. Williams, married Unitarian minister and author Sylvester Judd on August 31, 1841; they had three children. Daughter Helen A. Williams married John Taylor Gilman originally of Exeter, NH.[1] After his death, she was remarried to Charles H. Bell of Exeter, NH.


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  • Poor, John A. Memoir of Hon. Reuel Williams, Prepared for the Maine Historical Society. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Priv. print. H.O. Houghton and Company, 1864. googlebooks Retrieved May 3, 2008
  • United States Congress. "Reuel Williams (id: W000532)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Judah Dana
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Maine
Served alongside: John Ruggles, George Evans
Succeeded by
John Fairfield

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