Lewis Williams

Lewis Williams ( * February 1, 1782 in Surry County, North Carolina, † February 23, 1842 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1815 and 1842 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Lewis Williams was a brother of U.S. Senator John Williams (1778-1837) and Congressman Robert Williams ( 1773-1836 ). He was also a cousin of Mr Marmaduke Williams ( 1774-1850 ). Williams studied until 1808 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Later, he began a political career as a member of the Democratic- Republican Party. In 1813 and 1814 he was a member of the House of Representatives from North Carolina.

In the congressional elections of 1814, Williams was in the 13th constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Peter Forney on March 4, 1815. After he was confirmed in all subsequent elections, he could remain until his death on February 23, 1842 in Congress. After the dissolution of his party in the 1820s, he joined the movement to President John Quincy Adams. In the 1830s he became a member of the Whigs. From 1817 to 1831 Williams was chairman of the Committee on Claims. Between 1833 and 1835, he headed the committee dealing with the administration of the territories. From 1829 to 1837 he experienced during the presidency of Andrew Jackson the heated debate surrounding the policy. It was about the controversial implementation of the Indian Removal Act, which Nullifikationskrise with the State of South Carolina and banking policy of the President.

Lewis Williams died on February 23, 1842 in the federal capital, Washington and was buried in Panther Creek Cemetery in Surry County.