WILLIAMS, John James (1904-1988)

WILLIAMS, JOHN JAMES, a Senator from Delaware; born on a farm near Frankford, Sussex County, Del., May 17, 1904; attended the public schools at Frankford; moved to Millsboro, Del., in 1922 and engaged in the grain business; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1946; reelected in 1952, 1958 and 1964 and served from January 3, 1947, until his resignation December 31, 1970; was not a candidate for reelection in 1970; died on January 11, 1988, in Lewes, Del.; interment in Millsboro Cemetery, Millsboro, Del.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 2 audiotapes (1973, 1975) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

Historical Society of Delaware
Wilmington, DE
Papers: 1952-1954. 3 letters. Congressional correspondence.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Oral History: May 12, 1979. 65 pages. Association of Former Members of Congress.

Sioux City Public Museum
Sioux City, IA
Papers: Correspondence in Thomas Barnett Huff papers, 1907-1968.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Madison, WI
Papers: Correspondence in Clark Raymond Mollenhoff papers, 1936-1975. Finding aid.

University of Delaware Library
Newark, DE
Papers: 1946-1988. 150 linear feet. Legislative files; voting record; committee files; special investigation files including Bureau of Internal Revenue, Bobby Baker, and Medicare; constituent correspondence and cases; administrative files; speeches; press files; campaign files; and personal correspondence and family papers including scrapbooks, books, photographs, film and sound recordings chiefly documenting his Senate career. Finding aid.
Oral History: May 12, 1979. 65 pages. Copy of original at Library of Congress.

University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Correspondence in Hugh Scott papers, 1925-1983. Finding aid.

  • Hoffecker, Carol E. Honest John Williams: U.S. Senator from Delaware. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2000.
  • U.S. Congress. Senate. Tributes to the Honorable John J. Williams of Delaware in the United States Senate: Upon the Occasion of His Retirement from the Senate. 91st Cong., 2d sess., 1970. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1970.