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Williams family of North Carolina

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  John Williams of Montpelier (1731-1799) — of Granville County (part now in Vance County), N.C. Born in Hanover County, Va., March 14, 1731. Delegate to North Carolina provincial congress, 1775; member of North Carolina house of commons from Granville County, 1778; Delegate to Continental Congress from North Carolina, 1778-79; justice of North Carolina state supreme court, 1779-99. Died in Montpelier, Vance County, N.C., October 10, 1799 (age 68 years, 210 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Vance County, N.C.
  Relatives: Father-in-law of Robert Burton (1747-1825); double first cousin of Richard Henderson and Thomas Henderson; first cousin of John Williams, Nathaniel Williams, Jr., Robert Williams and Joseph Williams of Shallow Ford; double first cousin once removed of Archibald Henderson; double first cousin once removed and uncle by marriage of Leonard Henderson.
  Political family: Williams family of North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Richard Henderson (1735-1785) — of Granville County, N.C. Born in Hanover County, Va., April 20, 1735. Lawyer; superior court judge in North Carolina, 1768-73; member of North Carolina house of commons from Granville County, 1781. Anglican. Pioneer and colonizer in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky; organized what became known as the Transylvania Land Company, which made treaties with the Cherokees, hired Daniel Boone as advance agent to blaze a trail through the Cumberland Gap, and created Transylvania Colony in Kentucky and Tennessee. Died in Granville County, N.C., January 30, 1785 (age 49 years, 285 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Vance County, N.C.
  Relatives: Brother of Thomas Henderson; father of Archibald Henderson and Leonard Henderson; double first cousin of John Williams of Montpelier (1731-1799); first cousin of John Williams, Nathaniel Williams, Jr., Robert Williams and Joseph Williams of Shallow Ford.
  Political family: Williams family of North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  John Williams (1740-1804) — of Orange County, N.C.; Caswell County, N.C. Born in Hanover County, Va., July 7, 1740. Delegate to North Carolina provincial congress, 1775; colonel in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; member of North Carolina house of commons, 1778-80; member of North Carolina state senate, 1782, 1793-94. Died in Caswell County, N.C., December, 1804 (age 64 years, 0 days). Interment somewhere in Locust Hill, N.C.
  Relatives: Brother of Nathaniel Williams, Jr., Robert Williams and Joseph Williams of Shallow Ford (1748-1827); grandfather of Christopher Harris Williams; second great-grandfather of John Sharp Williams; first cousin of John Williams of Montpelier, Richard Henderson and Thomas Henderson.
  Political family: Williams family of North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Nathaniel Williams, Jr. (1742-1805) — of Guilford County, N.C. Born in Hanover County, Va., October 1, 1742. Lawyer; planter; delegate to North Carolina provincial congress, 1775. Accidentally drowned while trying to ford a swollen stream, in Rockingham County, N.C., January 25, 1805 (age 62 years, 116 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Brother of John Williams (1740-1804), Robert Williams and Joseph Williams of Shallow Ford; first cousin of John Williams of Montpelier, Richard Henderson and Thomas Henderson.
  Political family: Williams family of North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Robert Williams (1744-1790) — of North Carolina. Born in Hanover County, Va., August 4, 1744. Lawyer; Adjutant General of North Carolina, 1780. Died in North Carolina, 1790 (age about 45 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Brother of John Williams, Nathaniel Williams, Jr. (1742-1805) and Joseph Williams of Shallow Ford; first cousin of John Williams of Montpelier, Richard Henderson and Thomas Henderson.
  Political family: Williams family of North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Joseph Winston (1746-1815) — of North Carolina. Born in Louisa County, Va., June 17, 1746. Democrat. Major in Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; member of North Carolina state senate, 1790; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1793-95, 1803-07 (at-large 1793-95, 12th District 1803-05, at-large 1805-07). Died near Germanton, Stokes County, N.C., April 21, 1815 (age 68 years, 308 days). Original interment in private or family graveyard; reinterment at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, Greensboro, N.C.
  Relatives: Son of Francis Winston; father-in-law of Robert Overton Williams (1773-1821); father of Louis L. Winston and Fountain Winston.
  Political families: Williams family of North Carolina; Clay family of Kentucky (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  The town of Winston, now part of the city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Robert Burton (1747-1825) — of North Carolina. Born near Chase City, Mecklenburg County, N.C., October 20, 1747. Delegate to Continental Congress from North Carolina, 1787. Died in Granville County (part now in Vance County), N.C., May 31, 1825 (age 77 years, 223 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Vance County, N.C.
  Relatives: Son-in-law of John Williams of Montpelier (1731-1799); uncle of Hutchins Gordon Burton.
  Political family: Williams family of North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Joseph Williams of Shallow Ford (1748-1827) — also known as "Duke of Surry" — of Surry County, N.C. Born in Hanover County, Va., March 27, 1748. Delegate to North Carolina provincial congress, 1775; served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Died in Surry County, N.C., August 11, 1827 (age 79 years, 137 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Forsyth County, N.C.
  Relatives: Son of Daniel Williams (1712-1763) and Elizabeth (Washington) Williams (1717-1761); brother of John Williams (1740-1804), Nathaniel Williams, Jr. and Robert Williams; married to Rebecca Lanier (1757-1832); father of Robert Overton Williams, John Williams (1778-1837), Lewis Williams and Thomas Lanier Williams (1782-1856); grandfather of Joseph Lanier Williams; first cousin of John Williams of Montpelier, Richard Henderson and Thomas Henderson.
  Political family: Williams family of North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Thomas Henderson (1752-1815) — of Guilford County, N.C. Born in Granville County, N.C., 1752. Delegate to North Carolina provincial congress, 1775. Died in Danbury, Stokes County, N.C., March 31, 1815 (age about 62 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Brother of Richard Henderson; uncle of Archibald Henderson and Leonard Henderson; double first cousin of John Williams of Montpelier (1731-1799); first cousin of John Williams, Nathaniel Williams, Jr., Robert Williams and Joseph Williams of Shallow Ford.
  Political family: Williams family of North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Matthew Clay (1754-1815) — of Halifax, Halifax County, Va. Born in Halifax County, Va., March 25, 1754. Democrat. Served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1790-94; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1797-1813, 1815 (at-large 1797-1807, 14th District 1807-13, 15th District 1815); died in office 1815. Died suddenly while making a speech at Halifax Court House, Halifax County, Va., May 27, 1815 (age 61 years, 63 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Pittsylvania County, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Clay (1716-1789) and Martha 'Patsy' (Green) Clay (1719-1793); brother of Green Clay; father of Matthew Clay; uncle of Brutus Junius Clay (1808-1878) and Cassius Marcellus Clay; granduncle of Thomas Clay McCreery and Brutus Junius Clay (1847-1932); first cousin by marriage of John Williams and Lewis Williams; first cousin once removed of Henry Clay (1777-1852) and Porter Clay; first cousin twice removed of Thomas Hart Clay, Henry Clay, Jr. and James Brown Clay; first cousin thrice removed of Henry Clay (1849-1884); first cousin four times removed of Oliver Carroll Clay; first cousin five times removed of Archer Woodford; second cousin by marriage of Archibald Henderson, Leonard Henderson (1772-1833), Robert Overton Williams and Marmaduke Williams; second cousin once removed of Clement Comer Clay; second cousin twice removed of Clement Claiborne Clay, Jr..
  Political families: Williams family of North Carolina; Clay family of Kentucky (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Archibald Henderson (1768-1822) — of Salisbury, Rowan County, N.C. Born near Williamsboro, Vance County, N.C., August 7, 1768. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from North Carolina at-large, 1799-1803; member of North Carolina house of commons, 1807-09, 1814, 1819-20. Died in Salisbury, Rowan County, N.C., October 21, 1822 (age 54 years, 75 days). Interment at Lutheran Cemetery, Salisbury, N.C.
  Relatives: Son of Richard Henderson; brother of Leonard Henderson; nephew of Thomas Henderson; double first cousin once removed of John Williams of Montpelier (1731-1799); second cousin by marriage of Matthew Clay.
  Political family: Williams family of North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Leonard Henderson (1772-1833) — of North Carolina. Born in Granville County, N.C., October 6, 1772. State court judge in North Carolina, 1808; justice of North Carolina state supreme court, 1818; chief justice of North Carolina state supreme court, 1829-33. Died in Williamsboro, Vance County, N.C., August 13, 1833 (age 60 years, 311 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Vance County, N.C.
  Relatives: Son of Richard Henderson; brother of Archibald Henderson; nephew of Thomas Henderson; double first cousin once removed and nephew by marriage of John Williams of Montpelier (1731-1799); second cousin by marriage of Matthew Clay.
  Political family: Williams family of North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Henderson County, N.C. is named for him.
  Robert Overton Williams (1773-1821) — Born in Surry County, N.C., January 12, 1773. Member of North Carolina state senate, 1792-95; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1797-1803 (3rd District 1797-99, at-large 1799-1803). Died in Knoxville, Knox County, Tenn., May 27, 1821 (age 48 years, 135 days). Interment at First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Knoxville, Tenn.
  Relatives: Son-in-law of Joseph Winston; son of Joseph Williams of Shallow Ford and Rebecca (Lanier) Williams (1757-1832); brother-in-law of Louis L. Winston and Fountain Winston; brother of John Williams, Thomas Lanier Williams, Lewis Williams and Frances Lanier Williams (1796-1872; who married John Patton Erwin); uncle of Joseph Lanier Williams, Margaret McClung Williams (1817-1899; who married John Gaines Miller) and Melinda Williams (1820-1862; who married William Barclay Napton (1808-1883)); cousin *** of Marmaduke Williams; first cousin thrice removed of George Venable Allen; second cousin by marriage of Matthew Clay.
  Political family: Williams family of North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Marmaduke Williams (1774-1850) — of North Carolina; Alabama. Born in North Carolina, 1774. Democrat. Member of North Carolina state legislature, 1800; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1803-09 (9th District 1803-05, at-large 1805-07, 9th District 1807-09); candidate for Governor of Alabama, 1819. Methodist. Died in 1850 (age about 76 years). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  Relatives: Cousin *** of Robert Overton Williams, John Williams and Lewis Williams (1782-1842); second cousin by marriage of Matthew Clay.
  Political families: Williams family of North Carolina; Clay family of Kentucky (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  John Williams (1778-1837) — of Knoxville, Knox County, Tenn. Born in Surry County, N.C., January 29, 1778. Served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1815-23; U.S. Charge d'Affaires to Central America, 1825-26; member of Tennessee state senate, 1827-28. Died near Knoxville, Knox County, Tenn., August 10, 1837 (age 59 years, 193 days). Interment at First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Knoxville, Tenn.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Williams of Shallow Ford and Rebecca (Lanier) Williams (1757-1832); brother of Robert Overton Williams, Thomas Lanier Williams, Lewis Williams and Frances Lanier Williams (1796-1872; who married John Patton Erwin); married to Melinda White (1789-1838); father of Joseph Lanier Williams; uncle of Margaret McClung Williams (1817-1899; who married John Gaines Miller) and Melinda Williams (1820-1862; who married William Barclay Napton (1808-1883)); cousin *** of Marmaduke Williams; first cousin by marriage of Matthew Clay; first cousin thrice removed of George Venable Allen.
  Political family: Williams family of North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Hutchins Gordon Burton (c.1782-1836) — of Warren County, N.C.; Halifax, Halifax County, N.C. Born in Virginia, about 1782. Lawyer; member of North Carolina house of commons, 1809, 1817; North Carolina state attorney general, 1810-16; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 2nd District, 1819-24; resigned 1824; Governor of North Carolina, 1824-27. Died in Iredell County, N.C., April 21, 1836 (age about 54 years). Interment at Unity Churchyard, Beattys Ford, N.C.
  Relatives: Son of John Burton and Mary (Gordon) Burton; married to Sarah Jones; nephew of Robert Burton (1747-1825).
  Political family: Williams family of North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Lewis Williams (1782-1842) — of Panther Creek, Surry County, N.C. Born in Surry County, N.C., February 1, 1782. Member of North Carolina house of commons, 1813-14; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 13th District, 1815-42; died in office 1842. Died in Washington, D.C., February 23, 1842 (age 60 years, 22 days). Interment at Panther Creek Cemetery, Surry County, N.C.; cenotaph at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Williams of Shallow Ford and Rebecca (Lanier) Williams (1757-1832); brother of Robert Overton Williams, John Williams and Frances Lanier Williams (1796-1872; who married John Patton Erwin); uncle of Joseph Lanier Williams, Margaret McClung Williams (1817-1899; who married John Gaines Miller) and Melinda Williams (1820-1862; who married William Barclay Napton (1808-1883)); cousin *** of Marmaduke Williams; first cousin by marriage of Matthew Clay; first cousin thrice removed of George Venable Allen; twin brother of Thomas Lanier Williams.
  Political family: Williams family of North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Thomas Lanier Williams (1782-1856) — Born in Surry County, N.C., February 1, 1782. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; member of Tennessee state senate, 1820; justice of Tennessee state supreme court, 1826. Died in Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn., December 3, 1856 (age 74 years, 306 days). Interment at Nashville City Cemetery, Nashville, Tenn.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Williams of Shallow Ford and Rebecca (Lanier) Williams (1757-1832); brother of Robert Overton Williams, John Williams and Frances Lanier Williams (1796-1872; who married John Patton Erwin); married, August 5, 1811, to Mary Lawson McClung (1792-1828); father of Margaret McClung Williams (1817-1899; who married John Gaines Miller) and Melinda Williams (1820-1862; who married William Barclay Napton (1808-1883)); uncle of Joseph Lanier Williams; first cousin thrice removed of George Venable Allen; twin brother of Lewis Williams.
  Political family: Williams family of North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Louis L. Winston (1784-1824) — of Mississippi. Born in Germanton, Stokes County, N.C., November 24, 1784. Delegate to Mississippi state constitutional convention, 1817; justice of Mississippi state supreme court, 1821-24; died in office 1824. Died in Natchez, Adams County, Miss., August 20, 1824 (age 39 years, 270 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Adams County, Miss.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Winston (1746-1815); brother-in-law of Robert Overton Williams; brother of Fountain Winston.
  Political family: Williams family of North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Winston County, Miss. is named for him.
  Fountain Winston (1793-1834) — of Mississippi. Born in Germanton, Stokes County, N.C., November 3, 1793. Member of Mississippi state senate, 1827-28; Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi, 1832-34. Died in Natchez, Adams County, Miss., December 1, 1834 (age 41 years, 28 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Winston; brother-in-law of Robert Overton Williams; brother of Louis L. Winston (1784-1824).
  Political family: Williams family of North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  John Patton Erwin (1795-1857) — also known as John P. Erwin — of Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn. Born in Wilkes County, N.C., January 8, 1795. Mayor of Nashville, Tenn., 1821-22, 1834-35; postmaster at Nashville, Tenn., 1826-29. Died in Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn., August 27, 1857 (age 62 years, 231 days). Interment at Nashville City Cemetery, Nashville, Tenn.
  Relatives: Married to Frances Williams (1796-1872; sister of Robert Overton Williams, John Williams (1778-1837), Thomas Lanier Williams and Lewis Williams).
  Political families: Williams family of North Carolina; Clay family of Kentucky (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Christopher Harris Williams (1798-1857) — of Tennessee. Born in North Carolina, 1798. U.S. Representative from Tennessee, 1837-43, 1849-53 (13th District 1837-43, 11th District 1849-53). Died in 1857 (age about 59 years). Interment at Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Tenn.
  Relatives: Grandson of John Williams (1740-1804); grandfather of John Sharp Williams.
  Political family: Williams family of North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  William Barclay Napton (1808-1883) — also known as William B. Napton — of Fayette, Howard County, Mo.; Saline County, Mo. Born in Princeton, Mercer County, N.J., May 23, 1808. Lawyer; newspaper editor; member of Missouri state senate, 1834; Missouri state attorney general, 1836-39; justice of Missouri state supreme court, 1839-51, 1857-61, 1873-80; appointed 1839; defeated, 1851. Died in Saline County, Mo., January 8, 1883 (age 74 years, 230 days). Interment at Ridge Park Cemetery, Marshall, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of John Napton and Susan Barclay (Hight) Napton; married, March 27, 1836, to Melinda Williams (1820-1862; daughter of Thomas Lanier Williams; niece of Robert Overton Williams (1773-1821), John Williams and Lewis Williams).
  Political families: Williams family of North Carolina; Clay family of Kentucky (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Joseph Lanier Williams (1810-1865) — of Tennessee. Born near Knoxville, Knox County, Tenn., October 23, 1810. U.S. Representative from Tennessee 3rd District, 1837-43; justice of Dakota territorial supreme court, 1861-65. Died in Knoxville, Knox County, Tenn., December 14, 1865 (age 55 years, 52 days). Interment at Old Gray Cemetery, Knoxville, Tenn.
  Relatives: Son of John Williams and Melinda (White) Williams (1789-1838); nephew of Robert Overton Williams, Thomas Lanier Williams and Lewis Williams; grandson of Joseph Williams of Shallow Ford; second cousin twice removed of George Venable Allen (1903-1970).
  Political family: Williams family of North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  John Gaines Miller (1812-1856) — also known as John G. Miller — of Boonville, Cooper County, Mo. Born in Danville, Boyle County, Ky., November 29, 1812. Lawyer; member of Missouri state house of representatives from Cooper County, 1840-43; U.S. Representative from Missouri, 1851-56 (3rd District 1851-53, 5th District 1853-56); died in office 1856. Died near Marshall, Saline County, Mo., May 11, 1856 (age 43 years, 164 days). Interment at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Marshall, Mo.; cenotaph at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Son of Gen. William H. Miller (1782-1853) and Elizabeth (Gaines) Miller (1788-1864); married to Margaret McClung Williams (1817-1899; daughter of Thomas Lanier Williams (1782-1856); niece of Robert Overton Williams, John Williams and Lewis Williams).
  Political family: Williams family of North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Sydenham Benoni Alexander (1840-1921) — also known as Sydenham B. Alexander — of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born near Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., December 8, 1840. Democrat. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; member of North Carolina state senate, 1879, 1883-87, 1901; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 6th District, 1891-95. Died in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., June 14, 1921 (age 80 years, 188 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Charlotte, N.C.
  Relatives: Father of Julia McGehee Alexander; cousin *** of Adlai Ewing Stevenson and John Sharp Williams (1854-1932).
  Political families: Williams family of North Carolina; Alexander-Stevenson-Williams family of Charlotte, North Carolina (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
John Sharp Williams John Sharp Williams (1854-1932) — of Yazoo City, Yazoo County, Miss. Born in Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn., July 30, 1854. Democrat. Lawyer; cotton planter; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1892, 1904, 1912 (speaker), 1916 (member, Platform and Resolutions Committee), 1920; U.S. Representative from Mississippi, 1893-1909 (5th District 1893-1903, 8th District 1903-09); U.S. Senator from Mississippi, 1911-23. Episcopalian. Member, Society of the Cincinnati; Freemasons; Elks. Died near Yazoo City, Yazoo County, Miss., September 7, 1932 (age 78 years, 39 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Yazoo County, Miss.
  Relatives: Son of Christopher Harris Williams (Confederate Army colonel; killed in battle of Shiloh) and Annie Louise (Sharp) Williams (died 1859); married, October 2, 1877, to Elizabeth Dial 'Bettie' Webb; father of John Sharp Williams, Jr.; grandson of Christopher Harris Williams (1798-1857); second great-grandson of John Williams; cousin *** of Sydenham Benoni Alexander.
  Political family: Williams family of North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Image source: Men of Mark in America (1906)
  John Sharp Williams, Jr. (born c.1886) — of Yazoo City, Yazoo County, Miss. Born about 1886. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Sharp Williams (1854-1932).
  Political families: Williams family of North Carolina; Alexander-Stevenson-Williams family of Charlotte, North Carolina (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  George Venable Allen (1903-1970) — also known as George V. Allen — of Durham, Durham County, N.C.; Maryland; Washington, D.C. Born in Durham, Durham County, N.C., November 3, 1903. School teacher and principal; newspaper reporter; Foreign Service officer; U.S. Vice Consul in Kingston, as of 1930; Shanghai, as of 1932; U.S. Consul in Cairo, as of 1936-38; U.S. Ambassador to Iran, 1946-48; Yugoslavia, 1949-53; India, 1953-54; Nepal, 1953-54; Greece, 1956-57; director, U.S. Information Agency, 1957-60; president, Tobacco Institute, 1960-66. Methodist. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Delta Sigma Phi; United World Federalists. Died suddenly, from a coronary occlusion, in Bahama, Durham County, N.C., July 11, 1970 (age 66 years, 250 days). Interment at Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Ellis Allen (1868-1959) and Harriet (Moore) Allen (1871-1911); married, October 2, 1934, to Katharine Martin (1906-1984); first cousin thrice removed of Robert Overton Williams (1773-1821), John Williams, Thomas Lanier Williams and Lewis Williams; second cousin twice removed of Joseph Lanier Williams.
  Political families: Williams family of North Carolina; Clay family of Kentucky (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
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