Thomas J. Williams

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Thomas Jefferson Williams
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Chief T. J. Williams, ca. 1904

Electoral District Department's officers
Term Start 1853
Term End November 26, 1922

Biographical Information

Date of birth August 5, 1832
Date of death November 26, 1922
Place of birth Philadelphia, PA
Place of death Charlottesville, VA
Spouse Anna Harman (1840-1922)
Children Charlie (1859)
Mrs. W. A. Gibson
Katie Virginia (1866-1869)
Stuart Randolph (1875-1902)
Residence N. Second Street, West
Profession Fire Chief, Charlottesville Fire Department

Thomas Jefferson Williams (1832 – 1922) was born in Philadelphia. Williams became Charlottesville’s Fire Chief in 1853, shortly after his arrival in town. He held the post until his death. Williams was one of the oldest fire chiefs in active service in the United States at the time of his death at age 90.

Gravestone of Thomas J. Williams and Anna Harman, (Williams family plot); inscription reads:

Williams was again selected as Charlottesville's fire chief in 1922. [1]

Thomas Jefferson Williams, son of David Williams, had resided in Charlottesville for over sixty-two years and was one of the oldest citizens. He entered the Confederate army in 1861 as a member of Company A, Nineteenth Virginia Infantry, and served the four years of war. He was an active member of the John Bowie Strange Camp of the United Confederate Veterans (UCV) at the beginning of its organization.

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  1. Web. New Officers of Fire Department, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, August 8, 1922, retrieved August 7, 2016 from University of Virginia Library. Print. August 8, 1922 page 1.

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