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 James Robert “Dollar Bob” Williams

James Robert “Dollar Bob” Williams

Birth
Burnt Prairie, White County, Illinois, USA
Death 8 Nov 1923 (aged 72)
Loma Linda, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Burial Carmi, White County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 23521670 · View Source
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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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  • Originally Created by: Bill McKern
  • Added: 22 Dec 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23521670
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Robert “Dollar Bob” Williams (27 Dec 1850–8 Nov 1923), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23521670, citing Maple Ridge Cemetery, Carmi, White County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .