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James Robert "Dollar Bob" Williams
Birth: Dec. 27, 1850
Burnt Prairie
White County
Illinois, USA
Death: Nov. 8, 1923
Loma Linda
San Bernardino County
California, USA

US Congressman. He graduated from Indiana State University in 1875 and Chicago's Union College of Law in 1876 and became an attorney in Carmi. From 1880 to 1882 he held the judicial position of Master in Chancery, and he was White County Judge from 1882 to 1886. In 1889 he was the successful Democratic nominee in a special election for the US House of Representatives seat left vacant by Richard W. Townsend's death. Williams was reelected to two full terms, and served from served from December, 1889 to March, 1895, afterwards returning to the practice of law. In 1898 he returned to Congress, serving three terms, 1899 to 1905. He was a supporter of William Jennings Bryan, and like Bryan advocated for the free coinage of silver as a way to ease credit for farmers and small businessmen. Williams was a delegate to the 1900 Democratic national convention, and was a candidate for the nomination for Vice President. In 1902 he was a candidate for the US Senate, and in 1904 he was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. After leaving Congress the second time Williams and his wife retired to Loma Linda, California. Their home in Carmi has been restored and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (bio by: Bill McKern) 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas Williams (1814 - 1909)
  Susanna Rawls Williams (1818 - 1896)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary DuPuy Shannon Williams (1857 - 1934)*
 
 Children:
  Thomas Shannon Williams (1887 - 1955)*
  Robert Ready Williams (1898 - 1948)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Ellen Williams Hunsinger (1838 - 1912)*
  Martha Ann Williams Hunsinger (1841 - 1932)*
  James Robert Williams (1850 - 1923)
  Susie Williams (1856 - 1889)*
  Laura Williams (1860 - 1946)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Maple Ridge Cemetery
Carmi
White County
Illinois, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Bill McKern
Record added: Dec 22, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23521670
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James Robert Dollar Bob Williams
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James Robert is my G grandfather. Rest in peace.
- Lucinda V
 Added: Jan. 18, 2015

- R I P
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- Åke Frisk
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