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This collection contains correspondence, most of which was written by A.H. Garland, to John Edwin Williams concerning his time as a state senator. Also included are items concerning Samuel W. Williams, John Edwin's father, and other miscellaneous material.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Edwin Williams was born November 20, 1857, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Samuel Wright Williams (1828-1900) and Mary Jane Marshall (1829-1886). In 1877, he graduated from St. John's College in Little Rock, and studied law with Clark and Williams, his father's law firm. He was admitted to the bar in 1879 and partnered with John W. Blackwood for the next twenty-eight years. In 1885, he was special counsel for "star route" cases for the United States and served as Assistant United States District Attorney in Little Rock. From 1886 to 1892, he served as state senator for Pulaski County. He also was the attorney for the Saint Louis, Iron Mountain, and Southern Railway Company. In 1908, T.M. Mehaffy joined him in the firm, Williams and Mehaffy. In 1884, he married Effie Miller (1862-1900), daughter of Governor William R. Miller. They had three children: Janie Effie, who died in childhood, and two sons, Edwin Marshall and Lawrence Miller. After Efffie's death in 1900, Williams married Jennie Mae Peck (1864-1964) in 1902. They had two daughters: Marie and Louise. Williams died January 19, 1911, and is buried at Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)





Resource Type



John Edwin Williams papers, SMC.020.012


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

John Edwin Williams papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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