Christopher Harris Williams

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Christopher Harris Williams
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 13th district
In office
March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1843
Preceded by William C. Dunlap
Succeeded by District eliminated
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 11th district
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853
Preceded by William T. Haskell
Succeeded by District eliminated
Personal details
Born December 18, 1798
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Died November 27, 1857(1857-11-27) (aged 58)
Lexington, Tennessee
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Jane Allison Williams

Mary Ann Williams Ede Harris Williams

James Allison Williams

Duke Williams

Christopher Harris Williams Jr.
Alma mater University of North Carolina



Christopher Harris "Kit" Williams (December 18, 1798 - November 27, 1857) was an American politician who represented Tennessee's United States House of Representatives, thirteenth and United States House of Representatives, eleventh districts in the United States House of Representatives.


Williams was born near Hillsborough, North Carolina on December 18, 1798. He pursued an academic course and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He studied law, was admitted to the bar about 1820, and practiced law.[1] He married Jane Allison on December 9, 1819.[2]


Williams was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth, Twenty-sixth, and Twenty-seventh Congresses by Tennessee's thirteenth district. He served from March 4, 1837 to March 3, 1843.[3] He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1842 to the Twenty-eighth Congress.

After the number of districts held by Tennessee had been reduced, Williams was elected by Tennessee's eleventh district to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses. He served from March 4, 1849 to March 3, 1853.[4] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1852. He resumed the practice of law in Lexington, Tennessee.


Williams died in Lexington on November 27, 1857. He is interred at Lexington Cemetery.[5]

Williams' son and namesake (born 1830) was a Colonel in the Confederate army in the War Between The States who was killed at the Battle of Shiloh in 1862. His grandson was John Sharp Williams, who also served in the American House and Senate.


  1. "Christopher Harris Williams". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  2. "The Williams-Sharp Family Bible". Williams-Sharp Family Bible. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  3. "Christopher Harris Williams". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  4. "Christopher Harris Williams". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  5. "Christopher Harris Williams". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William C. Dunlap
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by
District eliminated
Preceded by
William T. Haskell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
District eliminated