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Morgan B. Williams



Session Office Position District Party
1885-1886 21 Republican
1887-1888 21 Republican
 Counties   Luzerne


09/17/1831 - 10/13/1903

Morgan B. Williams (R21) Luzerne County 1885-1888

Early Life: 

Morgan B. Williams, born September 17, 1831, Llanfair-ar-y-bryn, Carmarthenshire, Wales, attended public schools,  hometown of Rhandir-Mwyn, Llanfair-ar-y-Bryn Parish, learned mining, England, Australia and America; immigrated, Australia, 1856; moved , United States, Pennsylvania, 1862 settling, Wilkes-Barre, 1865; engaged, coal mining; superintendent, Lehigh & Wilkes-Barre Coal Company, 1865-1881; Wilkes-Barre school board and city council; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania Senate, 1885-1888; member, 1893 Chicago World’s Fair Exposition Commission; elected, Republican, United States House of Representatives, 1897-1899, lost reelection, 1898; Vice President and General Manager, Wilkes-Barre's Red Ash Coal Company; married, Catherine Jones Williams, son, Benjamin Franklin Williams; died October 13, 1903 (aged 72) Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, interment, Hollenback Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

President, Williams Coal Company, Pottsville, Pennsylvania; president, Grenville Graphite Company, Canada; vice-president, Wilkes-Barre Deposit and Savings Bank; director, Spring Brook Water Supply Company; financial interests, Vulcan Iron Works.

Wilkes-Barre school board, city councilman, twelve years.

Member, 1893 Chicago World’s Fair Exposition Commission.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 21st district, Luzerne County, 1885-1888, member, Constitutional Reform, Education, Legislative Apportionment and Mines and Mining Committees.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, Republican, United States House of Representatives, Pennsylvania 12th congressional district, Fifty-fifth Congress, 1897-1899, lost reelection, Fifty-sixth Congress, 1898.


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1888) Cochran, T.B., Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 647, 670 and 676-678.

         (i) https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/23519277/morgan-b-williams

After 2 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania Senate, Morgan B. Williams went on to serve in congress