Christopher Harris Williams

Christopher Harris Williams ( * December 18, 1798 at Hillsboro, North Carolina, † November 27, 1857 in Lexington, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1837 and 1853 he represented two times the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Christopher Williams was the grandfather of John Sharp Williams (1854-1932), who sat for the State of Mississippi in both chambers of Congress. After a good basic education, he studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After studying law and its done around 1820 admission to the bar he began to work in his new profession.

In the 1830s, Williams began a political career as a member of the Whig party. In the congressional elections of 1836 he was in the twelfth electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William Claiborne Dunlap on March 4, 1837. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1843 three legislative periods. There he experienced since 1841, the discussions between his party and the new President John Tyler. It was also at that time also discussed a possible annexation since 1836 the independent Republic of Mexico Texas. 1842 Williams ' twelfth constituency in Tennessee dissolved. An attempt to be elected in the newly structured eleventh district, failed this year.

In the 1848 elections Christopher Williams succeeded in the eleventh electoral district of Tennessee a return to the political arena. He won that election and was in Congress on March 4, 1849, the successor of William T. Haskell compete. After a re-election in 1850, he spent up to March 3, 1853 two other legislatures in the U.S. House of Representatives. There was at that time already discussing the issue of slavery. In 1852, Williams gave up a new Congress candidacy. As a result, he practiced as a lawyer in Lexington. There he is on November 27, 1857 and passed away.