John Sharp Williams U.S. Congressperson

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John Sharp Williams (July 30, 1854 – September 27, 1932) was a prominent American politician in the Democratic Party from the 1890s through the 1920s, and served as the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives from 1903 to 1908. Williams was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but raised in Yazoo County, Mississippi, after he was orphaned during the American Civil War. After studying at five different universities (including two in Europe), he received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1876. After a brief return to Memphis (where he married Elizabeth Dial Webb in 1877), Williams returned to Yazoo County, where from 1878 to 1893 he ran the family plantation and kept a law practice. Elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1893, Williams soon became a leader of the Democratic minority, renowned for his speaking skill and wit. Like most Southern Democrats of the day, he was a proponent of coining silver and an opponent of high tariffs; unlike them, he refused to use race-baiting to build political popularity.

Personal details

Date of birth
July 30th, 1854
United States of America
Date of death
September 27th, 1932 at age of 78
Place of death
Yazoo City




1. University of Virginia Colleges/University

The University of Virginia (often abbreviated as UVA or Virginia) is a public research university located in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States. Conceived and designed by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, and established in 1819, it is one of the eight U.S. Public Ivy universities.

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Type Public university
2012. 4.73 bil. $
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400 Ray C. Hunt Drive, 22902 - Charlottesville, Virginia
2012. 14,641
2010. 15,595
2009. 15,550
2012. 6,454
2010. 8,796
Acceptance rate
2013. 28.3 %
2012. 27.0 %
2011. 33.3 %
2010. 33.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 13.2 K $
2011. 11.8 K $
2010. 10.8 K $
2009. 9.87 K $
2008. 9.49 K $
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Political engagements

Democratic Party

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Geographic scope

United States of America


Third Way
Social democracy
Social liberalism


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The Democratic Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the younger Republican Party. Tracing its origins back to the Democratic-Republican Party, the modern Democratic Party was founded around 1828. There have been 15 Democratic presidents, the first being Andrew Jackson, who served from 1829 to 1837; the most recent is the current president, Barack Obama, who has served since 2009. Since the 1930s, the party has promoted a social-liberal platform, supporting social justice and a mixed economy. Until the late 20th century the party had a powerful conservative and populist wing based in the rural South, which over time has greatly diminished. Today its Congressional caucus is composed mostly of progressives and centrists. As of the 113th Congress, following the 2012 elections, the Democratic Party holds a minority of seats in the House of Representatives and a majority of seats in the United States Senate, as well as a minority of state governorships and control of a minority of state legislatures.

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Goverment positions 1

United States Senator


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United States of America

The 50 states elect 2 senators each for staggered 6-year terms. A senator represents between 1 and 37 million people, depending on their state’s population. The day-to-day activities of the Senate are controlled largely by the political party holding the most seats, called the "majority party".

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1.Thomas Jefferson

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1913. at New York City


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