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WILLIAMS, George Henry, jurist, born in New Lebanon, Columbia County, New York, 23 March, 1823. He was educated at an academy in Onondaga county, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1844, and, removing to Iowa, began practice there. He was elected judge of the first judicial district of that state, serving from 1847 till 1852, and was a presidential elector in 1852. In 1853-'7 he was chief justice of Oregon territory, and he was reappointed to that office by President Buchanan, but declined. He was a member of the convention that framed the constitution of Oregon in 1858, and, having been elected United States senator from the state as a Union Republican, served from 4 December, 1865, till 3 March, 1871. He was a member of the joint high commission that in 1871 arranged the treaty of Washington for the adjustment of differenees between Great Britain and the United States growing out of the Alabama claims, and was appointed by President Grant attorney general of the United States, serving from 10 January, 1872, till 15 December, 1873, he was nominated by President Grant chief justice of the United States supreme court" but his nomination was not confirmed by the senate, and his name was withdrawn. He afterward practised law in Washington, D. C. WILLIAMS, George Washington, author, born in Bedford Springs, Pc., 16 October, 1849. He is a mulatto. He served in the civil war, was a lieutenant-colonel of artillery in the Republican army of Mexico in 1865-'7, and attended school at Newton Centre, Massachusetts, until 1874. For a year he preached in Boston, but in 1875 he became a journalist. He was graduated at Cincinnati law college in 1877, spent two years in the office of Alphonso Taft, and in 1879-'81 was a member of the Ohio legislature. In 1880-'2 he was judge-advocate-general of the Grand army of the republic, and in 1885-'6 he was United States minister to Hayti. In 1888 he was a delegate to the world's conference of foreign missions at London, England, where his speech on "The Drink Traffic in the Congo " attracted much attention. He has edited "The Southwestern Review" at Cincinnati and "The Commoner " at Washington, and is the author of " History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 till 1880 " (2 vols., New York, 1883); "History of the Negro Troops in the War of the Rebellion" (1887) ; and "History of the Reconstruction of the Insurgent States 'e (2 vols., 1889).
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