Dec. 15, 1867 Gainesville Sumter County Alabama, USA
Feb. 19, 1931 Los Angeles Los Angeles County California, USA
(Death Certificate says burial at L.A. Crematory)
GESNER WILLIAMS, lawyer, Los Angeles, California, was born in Gainesville, Alabama, December 15, 1867. His father was David Hitt Williams and his mother Eugenia Florida (Hutton) Williams. Mr. Williams went to Los Angeles from Demopolis, Ala., in 1903, and immediately became associated with A. W. Hutton under the firm name of Hutton and Williams. He married Jennie Graydon Knox at Demopolis on September 7, 1892. There is one daughter, Graydon Williams.
Mr. Williams was educated in the public schools of Gainesville until 1884. From 1884 until 1888 he attended the Virginia Military Institute at Lexington, Virginia. From 1888 until 1890 he attended the University of Virginia. During the summer of 1885 he attended the Eastman National Business College at Poughkeepsle, New York.
From 1893 until 1897 Mr. Williams practiced law with the firm of Clarke and Williams at Demopolis, Alabama. He was attorney for the Southern Railway Company for nine years and was one of the attorneys who broke the "Oiled Roads Patent." He was associated with the counsel for the plaintiff Anita Baldwin in her contest of Lucky Baldwin's will, one of the most famous cases in the annals of litigation in California. In 1906 Mr. Williams helped to organize the Independence party in California. In 1908 he was a member of the national committee of the Independence party. He was a member of the National Guard of Alabama from 1892 until 1902. He was mayor of Demopolis from 1895 until 1897, and city attorney from 1897 until 1903. He was a member of the Constitutional Convention of Alabama in 1901 and civic judge in 1898. He is an'Elk, Knight of Pythias and Odd Fellow. He is also an officer in several commercial companies. He received a degree from the University of Virginia in 1890.