Excerpt from Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma, 1916: A Newspaper Reference Work
Williams, robert L., lawyer. Governor of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, was born in Brundidge, Ala., December 20, 1868, son of Jonathan and Sarah Julia (paul) 'williams. Attended school at Brundidge, was grad uated from Southern University. Greensboro, Ala. In 1884. Is a Democrat, and came to Oklahoma in July, 1896, and located at Atoka, later Durant, his legal residence. He always took an active part in the politics of the state; and was an ardent supporter for statehood in territorial days. Was a member of the constitutional convention of Oklahoma. And was a material factor in writing that instrument. After the adoption of the constitution, he was the first chief justice of the Supreme Court of the State, and was re-elected. He resigned in 1915 to make the race for gov ernor. He is an Elk. K. Of P., M. W. Mason of high degree and a Shriner. Is a worker in the Methodist church and member A. T. O. Fraternity. Governor Williams is a single man, never having married. His principal hobby in addition to service to the people is giving an annual dinner to all the newsboys and poor children of Oklahoma City.
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