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Carol Of The Bell by John Williams
Carol Of The Bell by John Williams
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Love Is Here To Stay - Joshua Bell:London Symphony  Orchestra: John Williams
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Memphis Belle Arrives in Raymond MS
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Oliver Williams  - The John Titor Story
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BELL WITCH PREMIERES IN THE UK 2009
BELL WITCH PREMIERES IN THE UK 2009
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John Titor - Art Bell Coast to Coast AM 4/5/2000 Time Travel
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Carol Of The Bells
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John Bell
John Bell
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Star Wars (John Williams Is The Man) a cappella tribute medley song - Corey Vidal and Moosebutter
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Top 10 Taco Bell Buzzer Beaters for 2013-14 Regular Season
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Time Traveler JOHN TITOR Radio Series (7 hours)
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NBA Taco Bell Skills Challenge | All-Star 2012
NBA Taco Bell Skills Challenge | All-Star 2012
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After Dinner Speaker John Bell Gives After Dinner Speech
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Liberty Bell March
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Baysick Video Part-7 John Walden, Mullet, Wes Bell, Rodney Torres, Yoshiaki Toeda
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Homes for Sale - 588 Bell Williams Rd Burgaw NC 28425 - Arthur Ricks
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1950's Beautiful Romantic Easy Listening Music! (5 Hours) [1080p]
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Stars and Stripes Forever — Boston Pops Orchestra & John Williams
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Elton John - The Thom Bell Sessions -  Lost Albums
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Liberty Bell March - John Philip Sousa
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Whither Must I Wander - John Bell
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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.

During Williams' term as governor, Mississippi was ordered to desegregate its public school system by a federal court, as 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 Republicans Gerald Ford in 1976 and Ronald W. Reagan in 1980, rather than the Democratic nominee 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. 

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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