CURTIS CHANDLER WILLIAMS, a distinguished lawyer and jurist of Ohio,has practiced law at Columbus nearly forty years.

He was born in Columbiana County, August 13, 1861, of Scotch-Irish and Welsh ancestry. Joseph P. Williams, his grandfather, was a pioneer in Columbiana County, coming from Washington County, Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Legislature both in the House and the Senate. His wife was Mary Gilson.

The father of Judge Williams was Dr. R.G. Williams, who was born in Columbiana County in 1836 and died at Alliance, Ohio, in 1906. He was in the drug business and a Doctor of Medicine, and represented his county in the Ohio Legislature for two terms. His wife, Elmira Frost, was a daughter of William A. and Beulah (Chandler) Frost.

Curtis Chandler Williams, who represents the third generation of the family in Ohio, was educated in the public schools of Alliance, and Mount Union College of that city gave him the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1883 and subsequently the degree Master of Arts. He taught school, being a school superintendent for two years, and at Columbus read law in the office of Converse, Booth & Keating. Admitted to the bar in 1886, he has been continuously active in his profession ever since, and his name stands high in the roll of names of men that have procured honor in the profession in Central Ohio.

He has likewise as a citizen of high public spirit given the best of his talents and ability to the community and state. He was elected prosecuting attorney of Franklin County in 1891, serving one term of three years. At this election he was chosen the democratic ticket in his county, normally republican by a large majority. In 1897 he was elected judge of the Court of Common Pleas. His service of six years on the bench was admirable from every point of view, whether in the technical interpretation of the law or in respect to the general welfare. Since retiring from the bench he has devoted his attention to a large private practice, his offices being in the Ruggery Building.

He has the honor of being past commander of Mount Vernon Commandery No. 1, the oldest organization of Knights Templar Masons west of the Alleghany Mountains. He is also a Scottish Rite Mason Lodge officer, and has affiliations with the Independent Order of odd Fellows and Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

Judge Williams married, July 5, 1893, Miss Margaret Owen, of Columbus. They became the parents of five children; Elmira Ann, now deceased, Curtis Chandler, Jr., Margaret Lola, Marie Owen and Arthur Frost.



History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925, vol. III