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Orva Gilson Williams

Orva Gilson Williams, American advirtising executive. Mason, Elk, Knights of Pythias.


  • Williams, Orva Gilson was born on April 25, 1865 in Salineville, Ohio, United States. Son of Richard Gilson and Elmira (Frost) Williams.

  • Education

    • Descendant John Boyd of French and Indian War, and of David Boyd and William Gilson, soldiers in Pennsylvania Line in American Revolution. Educated Mount Union College, Alliance, O. Student Cincinnati Law School.


    • At Coshocton, O., until 1899, at Chicago, since 1899. President and treasurer The O. G. Williams Company President National Association Advisory Novelty Manufacturers, 1908, 09. Founder and 1st president Ohio Society of Chicago.

      Delegate Democratic National Convention, Baltimore, 1912. Founder and president Council of State Socs. of Chicago which conducted a Home Folks Canteen in the City Hall, 1917-1919.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Presbyterian


    Mason, Elk, Knights of Pythias.


    • Married Josephine Stack Ryan, 1894. Children: Elsie, Dorothy (Mistress.
    • father: Richard Gilson Williams
    • mother: Elmira (Frost) Williams
    • spouse: Josephine Stack Ryan
    • children: Elsie Williams
    • Dorothy (Mrs Williams
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    Born April 25, 1865
    Died November 5, 1930
    (aged 65)