WILLIAMS, William (1731-1811)

WILLIAMS, WILLIAM, a Delegate from Connecticut; born in Lebanon, Conn., March 29, 1731; completed preparatory studies; was graduated from Harvard College in 1751; studied theology for a year; engaged in mercantile pursuits; town clerk of Lebanon 1753-1796; member of a military expedition to Lake George in 1755; member of the State house of representatives 1757-1762, 1763-1776, and 1780-1784, serving as speaker in 1775 and 1781-1783; Member of the Continental Congress in 1776 and 1777; a signer of the Declaration of Independence; member of the council of safety during the Revolution; judge of the county court of Windham 1776-1804; judge of probate for the Windham district 1776-1808; became an assistant councilor in 1780 and served as assistant and as councilor for twenty-four years; member of the Connecticut ratification convention in 1787; died in Lebanon, Conn., August 2, 1811; interment in the Trumbull Tomb, East Cemetery.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Collection
Washington, DC
Papers: 1774-1778, 1 volume.
Diary of William Williams, 1774-1778.

Papers: 1774-1785, 5 items.
Papers of William Williams, 1774-1785. The papers are also available on microfilm. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Henry A. Willard II Collection, ca. 1743-1888, 0.8 linear foot.
Persons represented include William Williams. A finding aid is available in the library.

  • Ely, Zebulon. A Ripe Shock Seasonable Gathered. A Discourse, Occasioned by the Death of the Honourable William Williams, Esq., of Lebanon, Connecticut. Who Died August 2, 1811, in the 81st Year of His Age. Hartford: Printed by Hudson and Goodwin, 1812.
  • Stark, Bruce P. Connecticut Signer: William Williams. Chester, Conn.: Pequot Press, 1975.
  • Williams, William. Journal Kept by William Williams of the Proceedings of the Lower House of the Connecticut General Assembly, May 1757 Session. Edited with an introduction by Sylvie J. Turner from the original manuscript at the Connecticut Historical Society. Hartford: Connecticut Historical Society, 1975.