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John Bell Williams is a Fightin
John Bell Williams is a Fightin' Man
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Carol Of The Bell by John Williams
Carol Of The Bell by John Williams
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John Williams - Sounds the Bell - Houston Symphony
John Williams - Sounds the Bell - Houston Symphony
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Memphis Belle Arrives in Raymond MS
Memphis Belle Arrives in Raymond MS
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Love Is Here To Stay - Joshua Bell:London Symphony  Orchestra: John Williams
Love Is Here To Stay - Joshua Bell:London Symphony Orchestra: John Williams
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Interview with John Bell || Cast Of The Hobbit :Desolation of Smaug
Interview with John Bell || Cast Of The Hobbit :Desolation of Smaug
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John Bell, Mike Mills, Jojo Hermann, & Sunny Ortiz The Weight at Hannah
John Bell, Mike Mills, Jojo Hermann, & Sunny Ortiz The Weight at Hannah's Buddies 2014 Orlando
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Sheldon Goldstein - John Bell and the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics
Sheldon Goldstein - John Bell and the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics
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Yonder Mountain String Band W/ John Bell "Ain
Yonder Mountain String Band W/ John Bell "Ain't Life Grand"
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John Bell & YMSB "New Speedway Boogie/" 9/19/2014, Kinfolk 2014,, Lyons, Colorado
John Bell & YMSB "New Speedway Boogie/" 9/19/2014, Kinfolk 2014,, Lyons, Colorado
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Arthur Bell - John Henry
Arthur Bell - John Henry
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THE WINTER
THE WINTER'S TALE | John Bell on fairytales and storytelling
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Dr. John E. Bell video "All I Want"
Dr. John E. Bell video "All I Want"
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John Philip Sousa
John Philip Sousa's March, "The Liberty Bell"
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John Bell
John Bell
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Unknown Robin Williams In 1977 TV Spot!
Unknown Robin Williams In 1977 TV Spot!
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The Voice 2014 - Meet Taylor John Williams (Interview)
The Voice 2014 - Meet Taylor John Williams (Interview)
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Liberty Bell March - John Phillip Sousa
Liberty Bell March - John Phillip Sousa
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Conan Remembers Robin Williams, The Best Talk Show Guest In The World
Conan Remembers Robin Williams, The Best Talk Show Guest In The World
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Best of Star Wars - John Williams - Skywalker Symphony Orchestra
Best of Star Wars - John Williams - Skywalker Symphony Orchestra
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John Bell #9 WR/DB Dominguez High School
John Bell #9 WR/DB Dominguez High School
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Hayward Williams - Cotton Bell
Hayward Williams - Cotton Bell
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Elton John - The Thom Bell Sessions -  Lost Albums
Elton John - The Thom Bell Sessions - Lost Albums
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BELL WITCH: THE MOVIE
BELL WITCH: THE MOVIE
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Hook- End Credits
Hook- End Credits
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John Bell Band - Don
John Bell Band - Don't Give It Up
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John Bell JB & Friends 5-28-94 Dog Song + Full Set
John Bell JB & Friends 5-28-94 Dog Song + Full Set
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John Bell Band -- Have You Ever Loved a Woman
John Bell Band -- Have You Ever Loved a Woman
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After Dinner Speaker John Bell Gives After Dinner Speech
After Dinner Speaker John Bell Gives After Dinner Speech
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John Titor - Art Bell Coast to Coast AM 3/12/2002 Time Travel
John Titor - Art Bell Coast to Coast AM 3/12/2002 Time Travel
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John Bell - Space Wrangler / Long May You Live / Space Wrangler - 1/18/03 - House of Blues
John Bell - Space Wrangler / Long May You Live / Space Wrangler - 1/18/03 - House of Blues
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4607 John Bell Jr Dr
4607 John Bell Jr Dr
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John Bell Band - Don
John Bell Band - Don't Give it Up
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Whither Must I Wander - John Bell
Whither Must I Wander - John Bell
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John Bell Band - Crosscut Saw
John Bell Band - Crosscut Saw
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John Bell Video!
John Bell Video!
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NBA Taco Bell Skills Challenge | All-Star 2012
NBA Taco Bell Skills Challenge | All-Star 2012
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Warren Haynes and John Bell
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Star Wars (John Williams Is The Man) a cappella tribute medley song - Corey Vidal and Moosebutter
Star Wars (John Williams Is The Man) a cappella tribute medley song - Corey Vidal and Moosebutter
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DGN 4x800 at John Bell Invite 2014
DGN 4x800 at John Bell Invite 2014
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An Interview with Prof. John Bell
An Interview with Prof. John Bell
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Valerie Smith - Ole John Bell the Witches Curse (Bell Witch the Movie)
Valerie Smith - Ole John Bell the Witches Curse (Bell Witch the Movie)
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E-Z Parking Video Mash-Up **John Bell**
E-Z Parking Video Mash-Up **John Bell**
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John Bell - Pass On - UGA Chapel 08.18.09
John Bell - Pass On - UGA Chapel 08.18.09
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Somewhere in my memory - John Williams (Home alone soundtrack)
Somewhere in my memory - John Williams (Home alone soundtrack)
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John Bell of Tennessee
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John Williams - Home Alone Theme
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John Bell Williams
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54th Governor of Mississippi
In office
January 16, 1968 – January 18, 1972
Lieutenant Charles L. Sullivan
Preceded by Paul B. Johnson, Jr.
Succeeded by William Waller
Personal details
Born (1918-12-04)December 4, 1918
Raymond, Mississippi
Died March 25, 1983(1983-03-25) (aged 64)
Brandon, Mississippi
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Ann Wells
Alma mater Hinds Community College

University of Mississippi
Mississippi College School of Law

Profession Lawyer
Religion Baptist
Military service
Service/branch United States Army Air Corps
Rank Pilot (injured in bomber crash)
Battles/wars World War II

John Bell Williams (December 4, 1918 – March 25, 1983) was an American Democratic politician who was governor of his native Mississippi from 1968 to 1972. He was first elected to Congress in 1946, the youngest man to be elected US Representative from Mississippi. In what was then a one-party state under the Democrats, he was re-elected repeatedly through the 1966 election.

Early life and education[edit]

John Bell Williams was born in 1918 in Raymond, the county seat of Hinds County, near the state capital of Jackson. He graduated in 1938 from Hinds Community College, then known as Hinds Junior College. He attended the University of Mississippi at Oxford and graduated in 1940 from Mississippi College School of Law, then known simply as the Jackson Law School.

In November 1941, he enlisted with the United States Army Air Corps and served as a pilot during World War II. He retired from active service after losing the lower part of his left arm as a result of a bomber crash in 1944.[1]

Political career[edit]

In November 1946, Williams was elected at the age of 27 (he turned 28 in December) to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat from the 7th congressional district. (It was eliminated in 1950 and he was later elected from the 4th and 3rd congressional districts. This was redefined in 2003.) He was the youngest U.S. Representative to have been elected from Mississippi.

Williams advocated states' rights and segregation. He joined his state's delegation in a walkout of the 1948 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He supported Strom Thurmond's Dixiecrat presidential campaign, whose primary platform was racial segregation. Thurmond easily carried the electoral vote in Mississippi and three other southern states.

After the Supreme Court issued its Brown v. Board of Education ruling on May 17, 1954, which outlawed racial segregation in public schools, Williams made a speech on the House floor branding the day 'Black Monday'.[2] Williams supported the Democratic Stevenson-Sparkman campaign in 1952, but he favored unpledged Democratic electors in 1956 and 1960.

In 1964, Williams endorsed Republican Barry M. Goldwater in the general election against U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and helped raise funds for Goldwater in Mississippi. Because of his activities for Goldwater, the Democratic caucus (in the House of Representatives) stripped Williams and a colleague, Albert W. Watson of South Carolina, of their House seniority.

Williams remained a Democrat and retained his seat in 1966. Watson soon defected to the GOP.

Governor[edit]

In 1967, Williams ran for governor. The field of candidates was large, including former Governor Ross Barnett and two future governors, William Winter and Bill Waller. In the primary campaign, Williams claimed that former Governor Ross Barnett made a secret deal with the Kennedys during the 1962 desegregation of the University of Mississippi.

In the first round of balloting, Williams finished second to the moderate candidate, William Winter. In the runoff, Williams defeated Winter by 61,000 votes. In the general election, Williams handily defeated Democrat-turned-Republican Rubel Phillips, in his second unsuccessful campaign for governor. Phillips's running mate for lieutenant governor in 1963, Stanford Morse, a member of the Mississippi State Senate from Gulfport from 1956 to 1964, endorsed Williams in the 1967 race.

During the campaign, Williams joked that when the returns are tabulated the Republicans "won't be able to find a Rubel in the rubble."[3]

During Williams's term as governor, Mississippi was ordered to desegregate its public school system by a federal court since there it had made little progress since the 1954 US Supreme Court ruling. A case had been brought by civil rights activists. Some desegregation of schools had happened at local levels. Williams did not defy the court.

Return to private practice[edit]

After his term, Williams resumed his law practice. He endorsed, for president, Republicans Gerald Ford in 1976 and Ronald W. Reagan in 1980 rather than the Democratic nominee both times, Jimmy Carter of Georgia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Bell Williams, 1918–1983". Civil Rights Digital Library. Digital Library of Georgia. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  2. ^ "With an Even Hand": Brown v. Board at Fifty". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  3. ^ Billy Hathorn, "Challenging the Status Quo: Rubel Lex Phillips and the Mississippi Republican Party (1963-1967)", The Journal of Mississippi History XLVII, November 1985, No. 4, pp. 258, 261

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dan R. McGehee
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 7th congressional district

January 3, 1947–January 3, 1953
Succeeded by
District eliminated after Census 1950
Preceded by
Thomas Abernethy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 4th congressional district

January 3, 1953–January 3, 1963
Succeeded by
W. Arthur Winstead
Preceded by
Frank E. Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 3rd congressional district

January 3, 1963–January 16, 1968
Succeeded by
Charles H. Griffin
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul B. Johnson, Jr.
Governor of Mississippi
January 16, 1968–January 18, 1972
Succeeded by
William Waller
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