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Description: Ex-Attorney-General Samuel W. Williams is Dead Passes Away in Roanoke Ex-Confederate Soldier, One Time State Senator, Circuit Court JudgeDate: August 7 1920
Newspaper published in: Richmond, VA
Ex-Attorney-General Samuel W. Williams is Dead Passes Away in Roanoke Ex-Confederate Soldier, One Time State Senator, Circuit Court Judge
Samuel W. Williams, aged 73, former Attorney-General of Virginia, died last night at 9 o'clock in Roanoke, according to dispatches received by relatives here. Cause of Mr. Williams' death was not given. No arrangements for the funeral have yet been made.
Mr. Williams, an ex-Confederate soldier, one-time State Senator and for years Judge of the Circuit Court of his district, was born in Pittsylvania County in 1848. He enlisted in the cavalry company of the Confederate States of America when a mere boy, under Judge Berryman Green of Danville, and served as a private until the close of the war.
War Left Him Penniless
After the war, Mr. Williams returned to his home without a dollar. He managed to accumulate enough money, through farming, to attend a session of law school at the University of Virginia and later moved to the Southwest, walking several hundred miles to Bland County.
Here he hung out a shingle and gradually built up a practice. In 1870 he was elected Commonwealth's attorney of Bland County, in which capacity he served two years. In 1884 he was Democratic elector for the Ninth District. He served a term in the Senate of Virginia, with marked ability and was afterwards elected and re-elected judge of the Circuit Court of his district, resigning in 1896 to accept the Democratic nomination for Congress. He was defeated at the polls by General James A. Walker. Later he became a candidate for the office of Attorney-General of Virginia and was elected in 1909. He served as Attorney-General until 1914.
Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, who was, before her marriage to Mr. Williams, Mrs. Lucy Henry Walker, daughter of Major R. R. Henry of Tazewell County, and the following children: Louise Williams of Roanoke; Brook A. Williams of Bland County; Carrington Williams, United States Army; S. W. William Jr., of Bland County; Dr. John Bell Williams of Richmond, and R. W. Williams of Wytheville.