Biography of Samuel E. Williamson
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

SAMUEL ELADSIT WILLIAMSON long held place as one of the distinguished members of the bar of his native city and state, and made also a record of able service on the bench of the common pleas court of Cuyahoga County, his service having been of only two years' duration, as other large and important interests put a greater claim upon his attention.

Judge Williamson was born in Cleveland April 19, 1844, and his father, Samuel Williamson, was a leading member of the Cleveland bar for many years. In 1864 Judge Williamson was graduated from Western Reserve college, and in 1866 he was graduated from Harvard Law School. In February, 1867, he became associated with his father in the practice of law in Cleveland, and thereafter he had other professional alliances. In 1880 he was elected judge of the Court of Common Pleas, and this office he resigned in September, 1882, to become general counsel for the Nickel Plate Railroad, a position which he retained many years. He served as a trustee of Adelbert College of the Western Reserve University from shortiy after his graduation therein until the time of his death. He was one of the founders of the University School of Cleveland and was president of its board of trustees from 1890 until his death. He served, as had his father and paternal grandfather, as a director of the Merchants Bank of Ohio, was a trustee of the Cleveland Society for Savings, and he became a director and vice president of several of the corporations connected with the New York Central's system of railroads, besides being a director of the Western Reserve Trust Company. He served as president of the First Presbyterian Church organization of Cleveland, was a trustee of Lakeside Hospital, and he was an honored member of representative professional organizations, as well as of leading clubs of Ohio and New York, besides having been a member of the executive committee of the Eastern Railroad Association. His was a life of high ideals and noble stewardship, and his name merits a place of distinction on the pages of Ohio history.

Judge Williamson married Miss Mary P. Marsh in 1878, and she died in 1881, survived by two daughters. In 1884 Judge Williamson married Miss Harriet W. Brown, and the one child of this union was a son.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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