1778 – Williams, John, (brother of Lewis Williams and Robert Williams, father of Joseph Lanier Williams, and cousin of Marmaduke Williams), a Senator from Tennessee;was born in Surry County, N.C., on the 29th of January.
1799 – 1800 – Completed preparatory studies; captain in the Sixth Regiment, United States Infantry.
1803 – Studied law in Salisbury, N.C.; admitted to the bar of Knox County, Tennessee.
1812 – Commenced practice in Knoxville, Tenn.; captain of regular troops in the War.
1812 – 1813 – Was colonel of a regiment of East Tennessee Mounted Volunteers in the expedition against the Seminole Indians in Florida.
1813 – Colonel of the Thirty-ninth Regiment, United States Infantry and subsequently served under General Andrew Jackson in the expedition against the Creek Indians in Alabama.
1815 – Elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of George W. Campbell; was subsequently appointed to fill the vacancy in the regular term caused by a recess of the legislature on the 10th of October.
1825 – 1826 – Unsuccessful candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on Military Affairs (Fourteenth through Seventeenth Congresses); appointed by President John Quincy Adams as Charge d’Affaires to the Central American Federation.
1827 – 1828 – Member and State Senate.
1837 – Died near Knoxville, Tennessee, on the 10th of August; interment in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery.