Robert L. Williams

Politician

1868 – 1948

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Who was Robert L. Williams?

Robert Lee Williams was an American lawyer, judge, and the third governor of Oklahoma. Williams played a role in the drafting of the Oklahoma Constitution and served as the first Oklahoma Supreme Court chief justice. He also served the United States federal government as a district and circuit judge.

As governor, Williams oversaw the state's response to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling against Jim Crow laws and its involvement in World War I. He instituted the Oklahoma State Board of Affairs, which provided central purchasing services to state agencies. Due to his direct administrative role and concentration of power, Williams counteracted the loss of executive power under Governor Lee Cruce. He was succeeded by James B. A. Robertson.

Williams died in 1948 in Durant, Oklahoma, where he is buried.

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Born
Dec 20, 1868
Brundidge
Also known as
  • Robert Williams
  • Judge Robert L. Williams
  • R. L. Williams
Religion
  • Methodism
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Died
Apr 10, 1948
Durant

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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