Reuel Williams Edit Profile
Born in Hallowell, Maine to Seth Williams and Zilpha Ingraham, he attended Hallowell Academy, and went on to study law.
He was admitted to the bar in 1804, commencing practice in Augusta, Maine. He was commissioner of public buildings in 1831. He served as a presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1836.
In 1837, he was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Ether Shepley and served from March 4, 1837, to February 15, 1843, when he resigned. While in the Senate he served as chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Naval Affairs. He was also the manager of the Kennebec & Portland Railroad for 12 years.
He died in Augusta, aged 79, and was interred in his family's cemetery on the banks of the Kennebec River in Augusta. A daughter, Jane E. Williams, married Unitarian minister and author Sylvester Judd on August 31, 1841. They had three children.
Member Maine House of Representatives, 1822-1826, 29-32, Maine Senate, 1827-1828. Member of commission to divide public lands between Maine and Massachusetts, 1825. Member N.E. Boundary Commission, 1836.
Member United States Senate (Democrat) from Maine, 1837-1843. Member of commission for defense in Northern states, 1861.
Married Sarah Lowell Cony, November 1807, 9 children.