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WILLIAMS, John S., lawyer, born in Lockport, New York, 14 December, 1825. He received a liberal education, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practised in his native place and in Lafayette, Indiana, where he settled in 1853. He was elected mayor of that town in 1856 and 1858, and for some time edited the Lafayette "Daily American. "He recruited the 63d Indiana, volunteers in the autumn of 1861, was commissioned as its colonel, and was with his regiment at the second battle of Bull Run, and till July, 1863, when he was compelled through illness to resign, he resumed practice, and in 1866 was appointed by President Johnson collector of internal revenue for the 8th district of Indiana, holding the office till the accession of a new administration in 1869. Subsequently he became the publisher of the Lafavette "Sunday Times." In April, 1885, President Cleveland appointed him 3d auditor of the United States treasury department.--His brother, George Burchell, financier, born in Lockport, New York. 5 December. 1841, received his education at Lockport Union academy. In 1858 he removed to Lafayette, Indiana, where he became largely interested in mercantile and manufacturing pursuits. He became supervisor of internal revenue for the state of Indiana in November, 1868, and in July, 1870, deputy commissioner of internal revenue at Washington, D. C., but resigned at the end of November. 1871, having been appointed by the Japanese government, at the suggestion of his own government, which had been requested to recommend some person who was qualified to assist in the organization of a financial system, to be counsellor to the imperial authorities in all matters relating to finance, and particularly upon banking, internal revenue, export and import duties, and economic and monetary matters. In 1873 he visited the United States and Europe on a financial mission for the imperial government, returning to Japan in the summer of the following year. He was again appointed a commissioner to Europe and the United States in October, 1875, and resigned the office of financial counsellor in November, remaining in Europe till June, 1876, when he retired from the Japanese service. He has since resided at Washington, D. C.
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