Joseph Lanier Williams
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Joseph Lanier Williams

Joseph Lanier Williams
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 3rd district

March 4, 1837 - March 3, 1843
Luke Lea
Julius W. Blackwell
Personal details
BornOctober 23, 1810
Knoxville, Tennessee
DiedDecember 14, 1865(1865-12-14) (aged 55)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Political partyWhig
SpouseMalinda R. Williams
Alma materUniversity of East Tennessee United States Military Academy
ProfessionLawyer, politician

Joseph Lanier Williams (October 23, 1810 – December 14, 1865) was an American politician that represented Tennessee's third district in the United States House of Representatives.


Williams was born near Knoxville, Tennessee on October 23, 1810. After completing preparatory studies, he attended the University of East Tennessee, and attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Knoxville, Tennessee. He married Malinda R. Williams and they had four children.[1]


Williams was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth, Twenty-sixth, and Twenty-seven Congresses. He served from March 4, 1837 to March 3, 1843.[2] He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1842. He engaged in the practice of law in Washington, D.C.

Appointed judge of the Dakota Territorial Supreme Court by President Abraham Lincoln, Williams served in that capacity from 1861 to 1865.[3] Historian Doane Robinson wrote of Williams, and his contemporary B. P. Williston, that "[n]either Williston or Williams left a record, or made an impression from which any adequate judgment of their efficiency may be ascertained".[4]


Williams died in Knoxville, Tennessee on December 14, 1865 (age 55 years, 52 days). He is interred in Old Gray Cemetery in Knoxville. He was the son of U.S. Senator John Williams.[5]


  1. ^ "Joseph Lanier Williams" (PDF). Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "Joseph Lanier Williams". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ "Joseph Lanier Williams". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ Doane Robinson, History of South Dakota, Volume 1 (1904), p. 465.
  5. ^ "Joseph Lanier Williams". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2013.

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