James Clarence Williams was born February 12, 1867, in
Ray County, Missouri, and spent his boyhood days on a farm. He
went to school in the winter and worked the rest of the time.
After eight years spent in Richmond, Mo., he
came to Kansas City in 1888, and started in to prepare himself for
admission to the bar, having commenced the study of law some time
before. He was admitted to practice in 1889, and for a while was
connected with the office of Young & Lewis, the junior member of
the firm Alfred Henry Lewis, having since attained fame as an author
and polished political writer.
Mr. Williams specialty is commercial and
He is chairman of the board of trustees for
the Church of This World, and is a leading thinker along economical
and religious lines.
He is a Democrat, and stands high in the
councils of his party, but has never asked for office.
He is a Mason, Elk, Knight of Phythias, and a