Christopher Harris Williams

U.S. Congressperson

Christopher Harris "Kit" Williams was an American politician who represented Tennessee's thirteenth and eleventh districts in the United States House of Representatives. He was born near Hillsborough, North Carolina on December 18, 1798. He pursued an academic course and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He studied law, was admitted to the bar about 1820, and practiced law. He was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth, Twenty-sixth, and Twenty-seventh Congresses by Tennessee's thirteenth district. He served from March 4, 1837 to March 3, 1843. He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1842 to the Twenty-eighth Congress. After the number of districts held by Tennessee had been reduced, he was elected by Tennessee's eleventh district to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses. He served from March 4, 1849 to March 3, 1853. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1852. He resumed the practice of law in Lexington, Tennessee and died there on November 27, 1857. He was interred in Lexington Cemetery. His son and namesake (born 1830) was a Colonel in the Confederate army in the War Between The States who was killed at the Battle of Shiloh in  ( Wikipedia article )


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