William D. Williams, legislator, son of Jesse and Mary (Collier) Williams, was born at Mount Vernon, Kentucky, on August 6, 1857. After graduation from Abingdon College, Illinois, in 1873, he moved to Seguin, Texas. On December 5, 1876, he married Jettie Pearson at Lockhart. He was admitted to the bar in 1878; he moved to Austin in 1881 and practiced law there until 1889, when he moved to Fort Worth. From 1897 to 1903 he was city attorney of Fort Worth. He represented Tarrant County in the House of the Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth legislatures, 1903–07, serving as chairman of the committee on taxation and revenue and writing the law to tax intangibles. Williams was elected mayor of Fort Worth in 1909 but resigned the office after three months to fill a vacancy on the Railroad Commission. He was a commissioner until his death on October 1, 1916. He was buried in Fullerton, California.
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Dallas Morning News, October 2, 1916. Frank W. Johnson, A History of Texas and Texans (5 vols., ed. E. C. Barker and E. W. Winkler [Chicago and New York: American Historical Society, 1914; rpt. 1916]). Buckley B. Paddock, ed., A Twentieth Century History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas (Chicago: Lewis, 1906).
Twenty-seventh Legislature (1901)
Twenty-eighth Legislature (1903)
Dallas/Fort Worth Region
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