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NO. R-31.  House concurrent resolution in memory of United States Army Colonel (Ret.) and former Vermont state historian John A. Williams of Essex Junction.


Offered by: Representatives McCullough of Williston, Evans of Essex, Hunt of Essex, Jerman of Essex and Myers of Essex

Offered by:  Senators Condos, Lyons and Racine

Whereas, John Williams was born in 1908 and graduated from Kenyon College in Ohio in 1931, and

Whereas, he served as an enlisted man in the Ohio National Guard before being commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army upon graduation from Army Officer Candidates School in 1942, and

Whereas, he graduated from several other rigorous military schools, including the prestigious General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and

Whereas, Colonel Williams was assigned to many important war and peace time postings around the world, and he concluded his military service as the senior army advisor to the Vermont National Guard, and

Whereas, after leaving the army and serving briefly as the city of Burlington’s first urban renewal director, Colonel Williams began an extraordinary productive 11-year tenure as the Vermont state historian and state papers’ editor editing and annotating numerous volumes, including the Laws of Vermont (four volumes covering 1781–1789); the Journals and Proceedings of the General Assembly of Vermont (three volumes covering 1791–1796 edited with Marlene Wallace); and the two-volume compendium (1778–1789 and 1790–1797) of the Public Papers of Thomas Chittenden, Vermont’s first governor, and

Whereas, Col. Williams helped initiate a state document conservation program that restored a large number of early government records and created an important historic legacy, and

Whereas, even after his second retirement, he published histories on the Battle of Hubbardton, Mount Independence, the First Congregational Church of Essex Junction, and the Lake Champlain Yacht Club, and he catalogued the library collection at the Vermont Veterans Militia Museum and Library, and the library is now named in his honor, and

Whereas, Col. Williams was an avid sportsman whose special passion was boating, he had served as Commodore of the Lake Champlain Yacht Club in Shelburne, and he was a founder of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum also in Shelburne, and

Whereas, he had been closely associated for many years with the activities of the Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston, and

Whereas, his family members, including his children, Jerry and Susan, and his three grandsons, and the numerous Vermonters who knew him through his varied professional and community activities, will remember him fondly, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends sincere condolences to the family of United States Army Colonel (Ret.) and former Vermont historian John A. Williams of Essex Junction who was truly a great Vermonter, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jerry Williams, to Susan Palmer, to Vermont State Archivist Greg Sanford, to the John A. Williams Library at the Vermont Veterans Militia Museum and Library, to the Lake Champlain Yacht Club, to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, and to the Catamount Outdoor Family Center.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont