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Darwin Shrell
Frank Alvan Williams
Frank Alvan Williams (far left). Courtesy of the State of Texas Judicial Branch. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.
Grave of Frank Alvan Williams
Grave of Frank Alvan Williams. Courtesy of Tom Streetman. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

WILLIAMS, FRANK ALVAN (1851–1945). Frank Alvan Williams, attorney and jurist, was born in Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, on October 6, 1851, the son of Bryan T. and Helen (Koontz) Williams. He was educated at private schools in Mississippi, but in 1871 he moved to Crockett, Texas, where he began studying law at the office of Colonel D. A. Nunn. He practiced law in Crockett from 1872 until 1884. Williams married Laura Celeste Fisher of Waverly in 1880; they were the parents of five children. He was elected judge of the Third Judicial District from 1884 to 1892 and associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court from 1899 to 1911, when he resigned to join the firm of Williams and Stedman in Austin.  He returned to Galveston in 1913 as a senior partner of Williams, Weethe, and Williams, and was honored by the Galveston Bar Association in 1923. He died of chronic myocardia on January 30, 1945, and was buried in Glenwood Cemetery at Crockett.


H. Bailey Carroll, “Texas Collection,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly 48 (April 1945). Harbert Davenport, History of the Supreme Court of the State of Texas (Austin: Southern Law Book Publishers, 1917). S. C. Griffin, History of Galveston, Texas (Galveston: Cawston, 1931).

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