Biography of John Wesley Williams


Williams, John Wesley, Buffalo, son of Richard and Sarah Ann (Pullen) Williams, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 21, 1865. His family is one of the oldest of the Saxon race, a fact that is amply attested by the ancient headstones which are still standing in the graveyard at Whitehead, Cornwall, England, whence Richard Williams removed to America at the age of twenty-three. He was afterward graduated from the Toronto Normal College, and for several years was sexton of the Upper Canada Methodist church. John W. Williams was educated in the public schools and at the Y. M. C. A. Business College of his native city, and thefi engaged in the painting business, which he has ever since followed in all its branches. He came to Buffalo when a young man and first worked as an ornamenter for the Wagner Palace Car Company. Afterward he went to Chicago and was employed in decorating the Palmer House, and on reti.irning to Buffalo engaged in his present business. He is one of the foremost sign, ornamental and general painters in the city, employing a large force of men. In 1894 he was nominated for representative in Congress on the Populist ticket from the Thirty-second District. He is an enthusiastic student of political economy, has been prominent in political affairs, was the organizer of the Buffalo Political Economy Club, and is the father of the "Financial Schools," upon which the late Henry George based several important articles. He is public spirited, is deeply interested in the welfare of the city, and for several years has been active in public affairs. He is a member of De Molay Lodge, No. 498, F. & A. M., and of Idlewood Lodge, No. 652, I. O. O. F. October 20, 1887, he married Sophie H., daughter of Charles A. Waldo. of Buffalo. and they have two daughters, Erma H. and Marvel C.

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Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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