John M. S. Williams

John M. S. Williams
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1873  March 3, 1875
Preceded by George Frisbie Hoar
Succeeded by William W. Warren
Personal details
Born (1818-08-13)August 13, 1818
Richmond, Virginia
Died March 19, 1886(1886-03-19) (aged 84)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Occupation Merchant

John McKeown Snow Williams (August 13, 1818 – March 19, 1886) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts.[1]


Born in Richmond, Virginia, Williams moved to Boston, Massachusetts. He attended the public schools, and engaged in the mercantile and shipping business as a partner in the packet shipping firm Glidden & Williams, which operated clippers between Boston and San Francisco. he later became involved in other business ventures, including the Union Pacific Railroad.

He was a member of the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Society in 1854. (The Emigrant Aid Society financed the settlement in Kansas Territory of farmers opposed to slavery as an attempt to prevent Kansas from being settled by slave owners. Williams served as member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1856, and the Massachusetts State Senate in 1858.

Williams was elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875). He was defeated for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress, and resumed his former business pursuits.

He died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 19, 1886, and was interred in Mount Auburn Cemetery.


  1. "J.M.S. Williams. End of a Life Devoted to Religion and Humanity," Cambridge Chronicle, March 27, 1886, p.3.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George F. Hoar
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 8th congressional district

March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Succeeded by
William W. Warren
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