Biography of James Williams
Auditor of State

JAMES WILLIAMS was born May 31, 1822, in Prince George's county, Maryland. He was the youngest of thirteen children. He emigrated, with his father's family, to Ohio, in November, 1831, and settled in the eastern part of Champaign county. He received a common school education, such as the country furnishes, attending only during the winter season. At the age of seventeen, he became a clerk in a country store. From 1841 to 1843 he was engaged in the study of medicine, completing his study at the Ohio Medical College.

He quit the practice of Medicine in 1847, and engaged in mercantile business. In 1851 he was elected to the Ohio Legislature, from Champaign county - the first Legislature under the present Constitution. He served two years.

In 1856 he entered the State Auditor's office, under the late Hon. F. M. Wright, and has remained in the office until the present time. He became Chief Clerk, or Deputy Auditor of State 1856; was elected Auditor of State in the fall of 1871, and entered upon its duties January 8, 1872.

He was married in 1848, to Miss Sarah Staley, of Chainpaign county, Ohio.

Biographical Sketches of the
State Officers and of the members
of the Sixtieth General Assembly
of the State of Ohio.
By: W. Sarwin Crabb.
Ohio State Journal Book and Job Rooms.
Columbus, Ohio 1872

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