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James R. Williams

Municipal Court
In office
1983 – 1989

Court of Common Please
In office
1989 – 2003
Preceded by John Reece

Born Columbus, Mississippi
Spouse(s) Cathy Williams
Alma mater University of Akron
Religion African Methodist Episcopal

James R. Williams (born 1936) in Columbus, Mississippi is a U.S. lawyer, politician and jurist.

Williams received his undergraduate and juris doctorate degree from University of Akron.

Williams supported gun control as an Akron, Ohio councilman.

In 1974, he was the Democratic Party candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Ohio.

Williams was the 25th General President of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the first inter-collegiate Greek-letter organization established for African Americans. As president, he was named one of the 100 most influential Black Americans by Ebony magazine. Williams is also the principal founder of Akron based the Alpha Phi Alpha Education Foundation and Alpha Phi Alpha Homes.[1]

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter appointed him as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.



  • Mason, Herman (1999). "James R. Williams". The Talented Tenth: The Founders and Presidents of Alpha (2nd ed.). Winter Park, FL: Four-G. ISBN 1-885066-63-5.  
Preceded by
Walter Washington
General President of Alpha Phi Alpha
Succeeded by
Ozell Sutton

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