Born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, he attended the common schools in Bennington, Vermont. He moved with his parents to Troy, New York in 1786, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1795, and commenced practice in Utica. He assisted in the establishment of the Utica Public Library, of which he was librarian for a number of years. He was president of the village corporation and president of the Manhattan Bank. He was district attorney for the sixth district from 1801 to 1813.
He was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Ninth United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1805 to March 3, 1807. He served in the War of 1812, and was a member of the New York State Assembly (Oneida Co.) in 1818.
Williams was a Regent of the University of the State of New York from January 28, 1817 to February 13, 1824; and was District Attorney of Oneida County from 1818 to 1821. He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1821.
He was Judge of the Fifth Circuit Court from 1823 to 1834. He was appointed a clerk of the New York Supreme Court in 1834 and moved to Geneva, Ontario County, where he died in 1835. Initial interment was in the "Burying Ground;" reinterment was in Forest Hill Cemetery.
- United States Congress. "Nathan Williams (id: W000531)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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