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Pennsylvania State Senate

Thomas Williams

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Brady-Handy Collection, Library of Congress
Congressman; Member of Johnson impeachment court with Thad Stevens



Session Office Position District Party
1839 19 Whig
1840 19 Whig
1841 19 Whig
 Counties   Allegheny, Butler


08/28/1806 - 06/16/1872

Thomas Williams (W19) Allegheny and Butler Counties 1839-1841

Early Life: 

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.

Early Career:


Pennsylvania Politics:

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.





After 3 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania Senate, Thomas Williams went on to serve in congress