Brady-Handy Collection, Library of Congress
Thomas Williams (W19) Allegheny and Butler Counties 1839-1841
Thomas Williams, born August 28, 1806, Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; common schools education; Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1825; studied law under Judge Richard Coulter; admitted, Westmoreland County bar, 1828; attorney, law practice, Greensburg, Pennsylvania; married, Sarah Donaldson Reynolds Williams, 1831, children, Thomas Williams, Amelia Williams McElfresh, Margaret Donaldson Williams, Agnes Williams Pemberton, Mary Couper Williams, Richard Algernon Williams; moved, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1832, continued law practice; editor, Whig journal The Advocate; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1838-1841; elected, Republican, United States House of Representatives, 1863-1869; lived in retirement; died, June 16, 1872, Allegheny City, Pennsylvania; interment Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 19th district, Allegheny and Butler Counties, 1839-1841. Delivered a widely applauded eulogy in the Pennsylvania State Senate when President William Henry Harrison died soon after taking office. Almost twenty-five years later, he delivered another eulogy at the same location for Abraham Lincoln.
Continued Government Service/National Politics:
Elected, Republican, Thirty-eighth, Thirty-ninth, and Fortieth Congresses, United States House of Representatives, 1863-1869; one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives, 1868 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson; was not a candidate for renomination in 1868, Forty-first Congress.