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Thomas Wheeler Williams

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Birth
Stonington, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Death
31 Dec 1874 (aged 85)
New London, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Burial
New London, New London County, Connecticut, USA GPS-Latitude: 41.3624877, Longitude: -72.1240561
Plot
Section 3
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US Congressman, Entrepreneur. He was a United States Representative from the State of Connecticut. He was born one of two children as Thomas Wheeler Williams to Major-General William Williams III (1765-1838), and his wife Mercy Wheeler Williams (1767-1797), in Stonington, Connecticut, on September 28, 1789. He was educated locally and attended the local common public schools. Following his education, he was employed in New York City, New York, as a clerk by the age of fifteen. He then worked in several different countries on business missions including in Norway, Sweden, and Russia, all before the age of twenty-one, and for about another eight years he engaged in the shipping business and mercantile business. He then moved to New London, Connecticut, where he became a prominent figure in the whaling business and was a partner in the firm of William & Haven with Henry Philemon Haven (1815-1876), before taking an interest in politics. He then decided to run for a seat in the United States Congress and was elected to succeed the outgoing United States Representative Elisha Haley (1776-1860), on March 4, 1839. A Member of the Whig Party, he then served Connecticut's 3rd District (the Twenty-Sixth Congress and the Twenty-Seventh Congress), in the United States House of Representatives from March 4, 1839, to March 3, 1843. While serving in the United States Congress, he served as Chairman of the Committee on Mileage representing the Twenty-Sixth Congress and the Twenty-Seventh Congress. In total, he was elected in 1839, reelected in 1840, and retired in 1843. Following his time in the United States Congress, he was succeeded in office by the incoming United States Representative George Smith Catlin (1808-1851), on March 4, 1843. After leaving the United States Congress he was elected and served a term as a Member of the Connecticut State House of Representatives from 1846 to 1847. He also served as President of the New London, Willimantic, and Palmer Railroad, later the New London Northern Railroad beginning in 1847 and for many more years thereafter. He passed away in New London, Connecticut, on December 31, 1874, at the age of 85, and he was buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery in New London, Connecticut. He was married twice, first to Lucretia Woodbridge Perkins Williams (1797-1829), in New London, Connecticut, on May 15, 1817. The couple had eight children together including, Lucretia Shaw Williams (1818-1832), William Perkins Williams (1819-1841), Harriet Williams (1821-1838), Thomas Shaw Williams (1823-1830), Richard Law Williams (1824-1842), Mary Williams (1825-1863), Ellen Perkins Williams (1828-1861), and Charles Augustus Williams (1829-1899). His first wife Lucretia predeceased him passing away in New London, Connecticut, on April 12, 1829, at the age of 32, and she is also buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery in New London, Connecticut. He married for a second time to, Nancy Lavinia Allyn Williams (1785-1875), in New London, Connecticut, in 1831. The couple had no children together. His second wife Nancy survived him passing away in New London, Connecticut, on March 11, 1875, at the age of 89, and she is also buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery in New London, Connecticut. His brother was General William Williams IV (1788-1870).
US Congressman, Entrepreneur. He was a United States Representative from the State of Connecticut. He was born one of two children as Thomas Wheeler Williams to Major-General William Williams III (1765-1838), and his wife Mercy Wheeler Williams (1767-1797), in Stonington, Connecticut, on September 28, 1789. He was educated locally and attended the local common public schools. Following his education, he was employed in New York City, New York, as a clerk by the age of fifteen. He then worked in several different countries on business missions including in Norway, Sweden, and Russia, all before the age of twenty-one, and for about another eight years he engaged in the shipping business and mercantile business. He then moved to New London, Connecticut, where he became a prominent figure in the whaling business and was a partner in the firm of William & Haven with Henry Philemon Haven (1815-1876), before taking an interest in politics. He then decided to run for a seat in the United States Congress and was elected to succeed the outgoing United States Representative Elisha Haley (1776-1860), on March 4, 1839. A Member of the Whig Party, he then served Connecticut's 3rd District (the Twenty-Sixth Congress and the Twenty-Seventh Congress), in the United States House of Representatives from March 4, 1839, to March 3, 1843. While serving in the United States Congress, he served as Chairman of the Committee on Mileage representing the Twenty-Sixth Congress and the Twenty-Seventh Congress. In total, he was elected in 1839, reelected in 1840, and retired in 1843. Following his time in the United States Congress, he was succeeded in office by the incoming United States Representative George Smith Catlin (1808-1851), on March 4, 1843. After leaving the United States Congress he was elected and served a term as a Member of the Connecticut State House of Representatives from 1846 to 1847. He also served as President of the New London, Willimantic, and Palmer Railroad, later the New London Northern Railroad beginning in 1847 and for many more years thereafter. He passed away in New London, Connecticut, on December 31, 1874, at the age of 85, and he was buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery in New London, Connecticut. He was married twice, first to Lucretia Woodbridge Perkins Williams (1797-1829), in New London, Connecticut, on May 15, 1817. The couple had eight children together including, Lucretia Shaw Williams (1818-1832), William Perkins Williams (1819-1841), Harriet Williams (1821-1838), Thomas Shaw Williams (1823-1830), Richard Law Williams (1824-1842), Mary Williams (1825-1863), Ellen Perkins Williams (1828-1861), and Charles Augustus Williams (1829-1899). His first wife Lucretia predeceased him passing away in New London, Connecticut, on April 12, 1829, at the age of 32, and she is also buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery in New London, Connecticut. He married for a second time to, Nancy Lavinia Allyn Williams (1785-1875), in New London, Connecticut, in 1831. The couple had no children together. His second wife Nancy survived him passing away in New London, Connecticut, on March 11, 1875, at the age of 89, and she is also buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery in New London, Connecticut. His brother was General William Williams IV (1788-1870).

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7370738/thomas_wheeler-williams: accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Wheeler Williams (28 Sep 1789–31 Dec 1874), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7370738, citing Cedar Grove Cemetery, New London, New London County, Connecticut, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.