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Andrew George Williams

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History of Butler Co 1895



Session Position District Party
1901-1902 41 Republican
1903-1904 41 Republican
 Counties   Armstrong, Butler


1846 - 1923

An attorney at law, was born in Richmond, Virginia, September 8, 1846, the  son of John G. and Caroline (Snyder) Williams, the former of Wales and the latter of Maryland. His parents moved to Etna, Allegheny County in 1848, having resided in Pittsburgh for one year previous.  He went to work in the Etna rolling mill at ten years old and pursued the trade of nail maker. In 1861, he became interested in the war movement, and raised three companies in Etna for the Union Army. He was elected captain of the last company, but refused to accept that position, preferring to enter the ranks as a private soldier. His command was mustered into the service as Company E., Sixty-third Pennsylvania Volunteers, and at Second Bull Run he was commissioned second lieutenant. In the spring of 1863 he was placed in command of Company F, and subsequently at the head of his old company, where he remained until the close of his term of service. He was twice wounded, first at Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862, in the head and hand, and at the Wilderness, August 6, 1864, in the left temple, by a minie-ball; participated in the following engagements: Yorktown, Williamsburg, Seven Days' Fight before Richmond, Harrison's Landing, Second Bull Run, Groveton, Chantilly, Fredericksburg, Mud March, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Bristoe Station, Culpepper Court House, Kelly's Ford, Mine Run and the Wilderness. He entered Duff's Commercial College at Pittsburgh after the war and also read law at home. In 1867, he resumed work at his trade, and continued the same until 1873, keeping up his law studies during this period. In 1875, he came to Butler, read law with John M. Greer, and was admitted to the bar the same year. He eventually formed a partnership as Williams & Mitchell and became prominent in public affairs. He filled the office of notary public from January, 1876-1891; was elected to the state House of Representatives in November, 1891-92; served in the state Senate, 1901-1904; and represented the Republican Party in both county and state conventions.  He married first Lucy A. Lee, died in 1870; and second, Emma Ramage. Senator Williams died on April 6, 1923