John “Jack” R. Williams

Gov. John “Jack” R. Williams


January 2, 1967 - January 6, 1975

October 29, 1909

August 24, 1998


Phoenix Junior College

Birth State

Married, three children


JOHN “JACK” R. WILLIAMS was born October 29, 1909 in Los Angeles, California. Moving to Phoenix with his family, he attended Phoenix Junior College before joining the staff of Radio Station KOY in 1929. He was one of Arizona’s most listened to radio voices for 40 years and conducted the popular “This and That” commentary which he always opened with the words: “It’s another beautiful day in Arizona. Leave us all enjoy it!” Williams was vice president of the Phoenix Housing Authority from 1944 to1947, and president of the Phoenix Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1946. He was elected mayor of Phoenix in 1956 and served two terms. Elected governor in 1966, he served until 1975 and was the first governor chosen for a four-year term. A dedicated political conservative, he was a firm believer in the power of hard work and individual iniative to achieve personal goals. He devoted his efforts to achieving orderly economic growth for the state. Governor Williams served on the National Governors’ Conference Executive Committee from 1970 to 1971. He passed away August 24, 1998.


Governors of the American States, Commonwealths and Territories, National Governors' Conference, 1971.

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