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Stevenson A. Williams (1851-1932)
MSA SC 3520-14783


Born Stevenson Archer Williams on May 6, 1851, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York. Son of Lewis J. Williams (1819-1888) and Harriet Archer (d. 1871), the daughter of Stevenson Archer. Attended local schools; Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, 1861-1863; Princeton University, 1867-1870, received A.B. and A.M.; University of Maryland Law School, received LL.B., 1873; St. John's College, received LL.D., 1899. Married Ariel Elizabeth Streett, March 31, 1875. Four children: Elise, Harriet A., Elizabeth R., and Lewis J. Died in Bel Air, Maryland, on February 20, 1932.

Attorney and businessman. Practiced law in Bel Air, Maryland. Harford County School Commissioner, 1880-1882. Founder, Harford National Bank; President, 1893-1932. Also helped organized the founding of the Second National Bank of Bel Air. Nominated to be Secretary of State, 1895, but declined the position. Served in State Senate, 1898, 1900, and 1901; Republican. Candidate for Governor, 1903; lost to Edwin Warfield. Served on Maryland Council of Defense, 1917-1920. Director, Bel Air Electric Company.

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