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 John Williams

John Williams

Birth
Death 29 May 1890 (aged 81)
Burial Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Plot Block 7, 110
Memorial ID 21368 · View Source
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Pioneer Merchant. Between 14 and 16 years of age he was clerk in a store in his native state of Kentucky and later joined his parents who had settled on a tract of land in a part of Sangamon (now Menard) County, Illinois. He found employment as clerk in the store of Major Elijah Iles in Springfield, Illinois. He succeeded Iles in the business at the age of 22, continuing it without interruption until 1880. In 1856 Mr. Williams was the Republican candidate for Congress in the Springfield District, and in 1861 was appointed Commissary-General, with the rank of Colonel for the State, rendering valuable service in furnishing supplies for state troops in camps of instruction. While proceeding to the field in the first years of the war he was also chief officer of the Illinois Sanitary Commission for two years. As one of the close personal friends of Mr. Abraham Lincoln, he was chosen to accompany the body of the martyred president from Washington to Springfield for burial. He was one of the founders, and for eleven years President, of the First National Bank; a chief promoter in the construction of what is now the Springfield Division of the Illinois Central Railroad, and the Springfield and Peoria line; a director of the Springfield Iron Company; one of the commissioners who constructed the Springfield waterworks and an officer of the Lincoln Monument Association from 1865 until his death in 1890.



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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 15 Apr 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21368
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Williams (11 Sep 1808–29 May 1890), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21368, citing Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .