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WILLIAMS, John Bell, a Representative from Mississippi; born in Raymond, Hinds County, Miss., December 4, 1918; attended the public schools; was graduated from Hinds Junior College, Raymond, Miss., in 1936, from the University of Mississippi at Oxford in 1938, and from Jackson (Miss.) School of Law in 1940; was admitted to the bar in 1940 and commenced practice in Raymond, Miss.; enlisted as an aviation cadet in the United States Army, November 5, 1941; was commissioned as a pilot July 3, 1942; retired from active service because of injuries received in the line of duty on April 29, 1944; prosecuting attorney of Hinds County, Miss., from May 20, 1944, to October 1, 1946; elected as a Democrat to the Eightieth and to the ten succeeding Congresses, and served from January 3, 1947, to January 16, 1968, when he resigned; having been elected Governor of Mississippi for the four-year term commencing on that date; practiced law in Jackson, Miss., until he retired January 1, 1981; resident of Brandon, Miss., until his death there March 25, 1983; interment in Raymond Cemetery, Raymond, Miss.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Oral History: Transcript in the Oral History Collection of the Association of Former Members of Congress. Restricted. Sound recording in the Library's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Jackson, MS
Papers: ca. 1946-1968, approximately 163 cubic feet. The papers include bills and resolutions files, “Congressional Record” extracts, constituent correspondence, legislative achievements, post office correspondence, speeches, photographs, and press releases.
Sound Recording: 1970, 1 reel-to-reel tape. Interview of Governor John Bell Williams was conducted by WLBT on May 21, 1970.
Papers: In the Mississippi Governor (1968-1972 : Williams), 1968, 1 volume. An address by Governor John Bell Williams on Feb. 7, 1968, to joint assembly of the Mississippi State Legislature.
Papers: In the Mississippi Lt. Governor (1980-1992: Dye) Campaign Files, 1967-1974, 1979-1991, amount unknown. The papers contain papers of John Bell Williams’ campaign for governor in 1967.

Mississippi State University Libraries
Congressional and Political Research Center

Mississippi State, MS
Papers: In the Charles Griffin Papers, ca. 1949-1968, 80 cubic feet. Persons represented include John Bell Williams.

The University of Southern Mississippi
Mississippiana Collection, McCain Library and Archives

Hattiesburg, MS
Oral History: 1973, 1 interview. An oral history interview with the honorable John Bell Williams former governor and United States congressman by Dr. John Ray Skates and Dr. Orley B. Caudill. The interview was conducted on February 3, 1973.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Vance, Sandra Stringer. "The Congressional Career of John Bell Williams, 1947-1967." Ph.D. diss., Mississippi State University, 1976.

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