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Charles K. Williams

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Charles K. Williams
Charles K Williams.jpg
20th Governor of Vermont
In office
October 11, 1850 – October 1852
LieutenantRobert Pierpoint
Preceded byCarlos Coolidge
Succeeded byErastus Fairbanks
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
1809–1811
Personal details
Born(1782-01-24)January 24, 1782
Cambridge, Massachusetts
DiedMarch 9, 1853(1853-03-09) (aged 71)
Rutland, Vermont
Political partyWhig
Spouse(s)Lucy Langdon
ProfessionLawyer / politician
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Charles Kilbourne Williams (January 24, 1782 – March 9, 1853) was an American lawyer and politician. He served as Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court from 1834 to 1846 and as Governor of Vermont from 1850 to 1852.

Biography

Williams was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Middlesex County to Samuel Williams and Jane Kilbourne Williams. He moved with his family to Rutland, Vermont in 1790. He graduated from Williams College in 1800. In 1834, he received the honorary degree of LL.D. from Middlebury.[1]

Williams was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives and served from 1809 to 1811. He served in the Vermont Militia as a major during the War of 1812. He was promoted to the rank of brigadier general and became commander of a division. He was again elected to the Vermont House of Representatives and served from 1814 to 1815, 1820 to 1821 and in 1849.[2]

He served as Rutland County State's Attorney from 1814 to 1815,[3] and as a Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court from 1822 to 1824, succeeding William Brayton.[4] He was Vermont's US Collector of Customs from 1825 to 1829. In 1827 he was State Commissioner for common schools. He served as Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court from 1834 to 1846.[5] Williams was the author of a precedent setting opinion on the unconstitutionality of legislative acts passed to nullify judicial decisions.

Williams ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Vermont in 1842 as an abolitionist candidate. He served as President of the Council of Censors in 1848. Elected as a Whig, Williams served as Governor of Vermont from 1850 to 1852.[6] While in office, the Habeas Corpus Act was passed, showing the strong anti-slavery sentiments in Vermont. He did not seek reelection as governor.

He served as a Trustee of Middlebury College[7] and as President of the Williams College Alumni Association.

Family life

Williams married Lucy Green Langdon, and they had nine children together.

Williams was the son in law of Congressman Chauncey Langdon.[8]

Death

Williams died in Rutland on March 9, 1853, and is interred at Evergreen Cemetery in Rutland, Vermont.[9]

References

  1. ^ "Vermont Governor Charles Kilborn Williams". National Governors Association. Retrieved November 2, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Williams, Charles Kilborn (1782-1853)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved November 2, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Rutland County Selected County Officials". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved November 2, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Justices of the Supreme Court". Office of the Vermont Secretary of State. Retrieved November 2, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "The History of Rutland County". Ancestry.com. Retrieved November 2, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Governor of Vermont". NDDB. Retrieved November 2, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "HISTORY OF RUTLAND COUNTY". Middlebury College. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Langdon, Chauncey (1763-1830)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved November 2, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland". Vermont Old Cemetery Association. Retrieved November 13, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Titus Hutchinson
Liberty nominee for Governor of Vermont
1842, 1843
Succeeded by
William R. Shafter
Preceded by
Carlos Coolidge
Whig nominee for Governor of Vermont
1850, 1851
Succeeded by
Erastus Fairbanks
Political offices
Preceded by
Carlos Coolidge
Governor of Vermont
1850–1852
Succeeded by
Erastus Fairbanks
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