Robert Williams (American politician)

Robert Williams ( * July 12, 1773 in Prince Edward County, Virginia; † January 25, 1836 in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana ) was an American politician ( Democratic- Republican), the 1797-1803 North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives represented and was from 1805 to 1809 governor of the Mississippi territory.


After his birth, his family moved to Surry County, North Carolina (now Forsyth County). There he went to school, then studied law and finally received his license to practice law. He then practiced law in present-day Rockingham County and was from 1792 to 1803 Member of the Senate of North Carolina.

1796 Williams was elected to the 5th U.S. Congress and re-elected in the subsequent two. There he served from March 4, 1797 to March 3, 1803. Then he was appointed in 1803 by President Thomas Jefferson to the Commission, to the west of the Pearl River should pursue in the Mississippi Territory land claims of the citizens. He remained in this office until 1807.

Williams was appointed governor of the Mississippi Territory, and served in this capacity on May 10, 1805 to March 3, 1809. Thereafter he lived in Mississippi and North Carolina, where he practiced law and pursued agriculture. He also served as adjutant general of North Carolina. Then he moved to Ouachita, where he died in 1836. He was buried on his plantation near Monroe.


Williams' brother Lewis also served as congressman for North Carolina. Another brother, John, was a U.S. Senator for Tennessee.