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Archibald Llewellyn Williams Papers

Creator: Williams, Archibald L.

Date: 1862-1909

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Manuscripts Collection 544

Unit ID: 40544

Biographical sketch: Attorney; Kansas attorney general, 1871-75 (Republican). Of Topeka.

Abstract: The collection consists of Williams's original and typed transcripts of his 1871 diary, the year he was appointed as Attorney General; miscellaneous legal documents; professional correspondence, mostly arranged chronologically, 1865-1907; copies of documents from the U.S. Department of the Interior, including the Union Pacific articles of incorporation and a document regarding a contract between the superintendent of Indian Affairs and the Shawnee Tribe; biographical notes; and other misc. materials. Diary entries are typically brief and may consist of information on the weather, Williams's activities for the day, the health of himself and his family, a quotation, and his work. The legal and court documents include cases involving the Union Pacific; the Arkansas Valley Railway Company; the Kansas Pacific; the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railway Company; Western Union Telegraph Company; the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company; and others. There are also some documents for the case State of Kansas v. State of Colorado or involving the Kansas superintendent of insurance, the city of Topeka, Shawnee County, etc. Also in the collection is one folder of misc. papers from Henry Clay Williams, 1844-1881, who moved to Kansas in 1861 and served in the Civil War.

Space Required/Quantity: 3 cubic feet (7 boxes)

Title (Main title): Archibald Llewellyn Williams Papers

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  • Papers


Biog. Sketch (Full): Archibald Llewellyn Williams was born in Adams County, Illinois, on 2 September 1840. His father, also Archibald, served as United States district judge for Kansas, appointed to the position by President Lincoln.

A.L. Williams came to Topeka, Kansas, in 1860 at the age of twenty to practice law. He served at various times as city and county attorney and was elected for two terms as the Kansas attorney general, serving from 1871-1875. He worked as a consulting attorney for the Kansas Pacific (later Union Pacific) Railroad Company, and later served as general attorney for the Union Pacific in Kansas, almost up until his death in 1907 in Colorado.

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007-06-06-05 to 007-06-07-03   

Index Terms


    Kansas. Office of the Attorney General
    Union Pacific Railroad Company
    Shawnee County (Kan.)
    Topeka (Kan.)
    Williams, Archibald L.
    Government attorneys -- Kansas
    Lawyers -- Kansas

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