Robert Williams (politician)

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Robert Williams (born July 12, 1773 in Prince Edward County , Colony of Virginia , † January 25, 1836 in Ouachita Parish , Louisiana ) was an American politician ( Democratic Republican Party ), who from 1797 to 1803 North Carolina in the US -House of Representatives and was Governor of Mississippi Territory from 1805 to 1809 .


After he was born, his family moved to Surry County , North Carolina (now Forsyth County ). There he went to school, then studied law and was finally admitted to the bar. He then practiced as a lawyer in what is now Rockingham County and was a member of the North Carolina Senate from 1792 to 1803 .

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

Williams was named governor of the Mississippi Territory and served in that capacity from May 10, 1805 to March 3, 1809. He then lived in Mississippi and North Carolina, where he practiced as a lawyer and pursued agriculture. He also served as the Adjutant General of North Carolina. He then 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 US Senator for Tennessee .

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