Born in New Lebanon, New York, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1844. He moved to Iowa and worked as a lawyer in Fort Madison, Iowa Territory. In 1847 elected Judge of the First Judicial District of Iowa. He was a presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1852.
Williams, the son of a socially radical Unitarian minister who held pastorates in Ohio and in Rochester, N.Y., was born in Huntsburg, Ohio, on April 7, 1914.
In the Fall of 1941, GeorgeWilliams assumed teaching duties in church history at the Starr King School for the Ministry (Unitarian) in Berkeley, and at the adjacent Pacific School of Religion (Congregational).
Williams, that there is not much of a future here for you." During his subsequent active service of thirty-four years at Harvard, not only did Williams erase such apprehensions about his own future; he was also instrumental in securing the school's future.
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