Jonathan Fairbanks and Clyde Edwin Tuck

Past and Present of Greene County, Missouri

Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens


FRANK BOYDEN WILLIAMS. One of the most successful and best known members of the Greene county bar is Frank Boyden Williams, whose name for years has figured prominently in important cases in local courts.

Mr. Willams was born at Golden City, Barton county, Missouri, November 23, 1869. He is a son of Frank and Maria B. (Morgan) Williams, natives of Memphis, Tennessee, and Burksville, Kentucky, respectively. They grew to maturity in the South and were educated and married there, and made their home in Kentucky until soon after the close of the Civil war, when they removed from the Blue Grass state to Cedar county, Missouri. The father of our subject devoted his life to farming and stock raising. He removed front Cedar to Barton county and owned a good farm near Golden City. During the war between the states he was a lieutenant in Company F, Second Mississippi Cavalry, Confederate Army, under Gen. Nathan B. Forrest, one of the greatest military geniuses the war produced on either side, and Mr. Williams proved to be a faithful and gallant officer under this great chieftain until he was mustered out December 2, 1862.

Frank B. Williams received his education at Sparta, Wisconsin, and Watertown, South Dakota, attending the common schools there, later was a student at Yankton College, Yankton, South Dakota, then entered the law department of Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, where he made a good record and from which institution he was graduated June 20, 1895. He was admitted to the bar at Searcy, Arkansas soon after his graduation, and in 1896 he located for the practice of his profession at Springfield, Missouri, enrolling as an attorney-at-law, Greene county bar, March 9th of that year, and here he has remained to the present time, enjoying a good practices He was elected a member of the Springfield city council in April, 1898, and was re-elected in 1900 and during that period he looked well to the interests of the city in every way. He was elected probate judge of Greene county, in November 1902, and served one term of four years, after which he re-entered practice of the law, January 1, 1907, and in December, 1912, he formed a partnership for the practice of his profession with Matthew H. Galt, under the firm name of Williams & Galt, which still continues, with offices in the Woodrufff building.

On June 27, 1905, he united in marriage with Harriett E. Kellond, daaghter of William A. and Fanny J. Kellond, a highly respected family of Springfield, and to this union three children have been born, namely: Frances Kellond Williams, Harriett Morgan Williams, and Katherine Selfridge Williams.

Politically, Judge Williams is a Democrat and is active in the affairs of the party. Fraternally, he belongs to the united lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Woodmen of the World, also belongs to the University Club, the Springfield Club, and the Country Club.

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