WILLIAMS, Thomas Scott (1777-1861)

WILLIAMS, THOMAS SCOTT, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Wethersfield, Conn., June 26, 1777; completed preparatory studies; was graduated from Yale College in 1794; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1799 and commenced practice in Mansfield, Conn.; moved to Hartford, Conn., in 1803; appointed attorney of the board of managers of the school fund of Hartford 1809-1810; served in the State house of representatives in 1813, 1815, and 1816; clerk of the house in 1815 and 1816; elected as a Federalist to the Fifteenth Congress (March 4, 1817-March 3, 1819); again a member of the State house of representatives in 1819, 1825, and 1827-1829; appointed in 1829 an associate judge of the supreme court of errors and of the superior court, and in May 1834 appointed chief justice, holding the position until his resignation in May 1847; mayor of Hartford 1831-1835; resigned from public office; president of the American Tract Society of New York from May 1848 until his death; died in Hartford, Conn., December 15, 1861; interment in Old North Cemetery.

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 1 letter.

Connecticut Historical Society
Hartford, CT
Papers: In the Williams Family Papers, 1700-1897, approximately 1,750 pieces.
Persons represented include Thomas Scott Williams.


Connecticut State Library
Hartford, CT
Papers: In the Roger Minott Sherman Papers, dates and amount unknown.
Persons represented include Thomas Scott Williams.

  • Hawes, Joel. Origin, growth and fruitfulness of a true religious life: A sermon occasioned by the death of Hon. Thomas Scott Williams, LL.D.: Preached in the First Church in Hartford, Sabbath morning, December 22, 1861. Hartford: Press of Case, Lockwood and Co., 1862.
  • Memorial of Hon. Thomas Scott Williams ... comprising Rev. Dr. Hawes' sermon, preached in the First Church in Hartford, Sabbath morning, December 22, 1861. New York: American Tract Society, [1861].
  • The Tract Society and Slavery: Speeches of Chief Justice Williams, Judge Parsons, and ex-Governor Ellsworth, delivered in the Center Church, Hartford, Conn. at the anniversary of the Hartford Branch of the American Tract Society, January 9th, 1859. Hartford: Steam Press of Elihu Geer, 1859.