Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
WILLIAMS, George Fred (1852-1932)

WILLIAMS, GEORGE FRED, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Dedham, Norfolk County, Mass., July 10, 1852; attended private schools, and was graduated from the Dedham High School in 1868 and from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1872; studied at the Universities of Heidelberg and Berlin; taught school in West Brewster, Mass., in 1872 and 1873; became a reporter on the Boston Globe; member of the Dedham school committee; studied law at Boston University, Boston, Mass.; was admitted to the bar in 1875 and practiced in Boston; edited Williams' Citations of Massachusetts Cases in 1878 and volumes 10 to 17 of the Annual Digest of the United States 1880-1887; member of the State house of representatives in 1890; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1893); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress; was an unsuccessful Democratic nominee for Governor in 1895, 1896, and 1897; resumed the practice of law in Boston, Mass.; delegate to several State conventions; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1896, 1900, 1904 and 1908; Minister to Greece and Montenegro in 1913 and 1914; resumed the practice of law until his retirement in 1930; died in Brookline, near Boston, Mass., July 11, 1932; interment in the Old Village Cemetery, Dedham, Mass.

Duke University Library
Durham, NC
Papers: ca. 1852-1932, approximately 3,855 items.
The papers of George Fred Williams contain personal and professional correspondence (1876-1888) and other papers, relating to student life in the universities of Berlin and Heidelberg during the 1870s, the activities of the court of commissioners on the Alabama claims, and Massachusetts and national politics. Correspondents include George Ticknor Curtis, William Crowninshield Endicott, Asa Palmer French, and John Edwards Russell.


Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: 1869-1898, 9 boxes.
Six boxes of correspondence and sixteen boxes of newspaper clippings and miscellaneous printed matter relating to Williams' political career as state representative, congressman and Democratic gubernatorial candidate. Subjects discussed or described include: Grover Cleveland, James G. Blaine and the 1884 presidential campaign, the Massachusetts Committee of One Hundred, free coinage of silver, tariff and civil service reform, investigation of Boston's West End Railway Company, and the 1891 speakership contest between Charles F. Crisp and Roger Q. Mills in the House of Representatives. Among the correspondents are: Edward Atkinson, Samuel Bowles, Charles R. Codman, Charles P. Greenough, Charles S. Hamlin, Nathan Matthews, Josiah Quincy, Carl Schurz, Moorfield Storey, Winslow Warren and Henry M. Whitney.

Papers: In the Philip Putnam Chase papers II, 1925-1927, 1 box.
Correspondents include George Fred Williams.

Papers: In the Moorfield Storey Papers, 1848-1935, 7 boxes and 62 volumes.
Correspondents include George Fred Williams.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1886-1893. 5 letters.
Finding aid in repository.


University of Michigan Library
Bentley Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1899, 1 page.
A letter from George Fred Williams to Joseph A. Labadie written on July 10, 1899. In the letter, Williams reports that [William Jennings] Bryan, in a speech, favored independence for the Philippines, thus endorsing William's own suggestion in a letter to the Clan-na-Gael.

  • Williams, George Fred. Massachusetts citations: a table of cases, overruled, denied, doubted, criticised, approved, and cited by the Supreme Judicial Court: also, a list of legal maxims and of errors in citation found in the opinions of the court, from Quincy to 122 Mass. 1878. Reprint, Boston: Little Brown, 1884.
  • ___. Pacific states telephone & telegraph company, plaintiff in error. Boston.: Washington Press, 1911.