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Christopher Harris WILLIAMS

(1798-1857)

WILLIAMS, Christopher Harris, (grandfather of John Sharp Williams), a Representative from Tennessee; born near Hillsboro, Orange County, N.C., December 18, 1798; pursued an academic course and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; studied law; was admitted to the bar about 1820 and practiced; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth, Twenty-sixth, and Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1843); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1842 to the Twenty-eighth Congress; elected to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1853); was not a candidate for renomination in 1852; resumed the practice of law in Lexington, Henderson County, Tenn., and died there November 27, 1857; interment in Lexington Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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