William Durkee Williamson

Gov. William Durkee Williamson


May 28, 1821 - December 5, 1821

July 31, 1779

April 27, 1846


William College, Brown University

Succeeded; Resigned, NGA Chair

Birth State

National Office(s) Served:

Married three times--Jemima Montague Rice, Susan Esther, Clarissa Emerson


WILLIAM D. WILLIAMSON, the second governor of Maine, was born in Canterbury, Connecticut on July 31, 1779. His education was attained at Williams College, and at Brown University, where he graduated in 1804. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1807, and then established his legal career, serving as the Hancock County attorney from 1811 to 1816. Williamson entered politics in 1816, serving as a member of the Massachusetts Senate, a position he held four years. After Maine separated from Massachusetts in 1820, Williamson served as a member of the new state’s first senate. He also served as president of the senate from 1820 to 1821. On May 28, 1821, Governor William King resigned from office, and Williamson, who the president of the senate at the time, assumed the duties of the governorship. During his tenure, he continued to carry out the policies of the King administration. He also campaigned for industrial expansion within the state. Williamson resigned from office on December 5, 1821, to take his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, an office he held until 1823. He also served as probate judge for Penobscot County from 1824 to 1840. Governor William D. Williamson, who was the author of History of the State of Maine, passed away on May 27, 1846. He was buried at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Bangor, Maine.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 2, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

Governors of the State of Maine

The State of Maine

Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress