biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
JOHN C. WILLIAMS. The legal fraternity of the thriving city of Oskaloosa is well represented, and prominent among the law firms there who are doing their share of the business is that of Nelson & Williams, of which our Subject is a member. Mr. Williams has been a resident of Mahaska County since 1872. He was born at Naperville, Du Page Co., III., April 5, 1851, and is a son of Robert and Harriet (Parry) Williams. The subject of this notice was reared on a farm, and received his education in the common schools. From the age of maturity until 1872 he was engaged in the manufacture of cheese in Illinois. He then matriculated at Penn College, and after following the curriculum of that institution, graduated therefrom in the class of 1877. He then began the study of law in the office, and under the instruction of Bolton & McCoy of Oskaloosa, and was admitted to the bar in 1881. He immediately entered upon the practice of his profession in that city, and in November, 1885, formed the existing partnership with William R. Nelson. Mr. Williams was married, Aug. 29, 1878, at Oskaloosa, to Miss Lillian N., daughter of Titus Boyce. She was born in Salem, Iowa, and their union has been blest by the birth of a daughter, Bertha H. In politics Mr. Williams is a Democrat. He held the position of County Superintendent of Schools from 1877 to 1879. Socially, he is a member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to New Sharon Lodge, and of Oskaloosa Lodge No. 58, K. of P. He is a gentleman well read in jurisprudence, and being a constant student and possessed of an unlimited amount of energy, can not but succeed in his chosen profession.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy