-HIFE OF PROFESSOR D. B. WILLIAMS, A. «.,-«•■
By John Mitchel, Jr., Editor of the "Richmond Planet."
"Ah ! who can tell how hard it is to climb
The steep when.' Fame's proud temple shines afar."—Beattie.
IT HAS been allotted us to portray the life and
history of one whose brilliant achievements re¬
inforced by tireless efforts have made him the
wonder of his friends and the admiration of those
who were at first disposed to look cynically upon his
endeavors. It is this fact that prompted the quota¬
tion which precedes this limited biography.
Daniel Barclay AVilllams was born in the city of
Richmond, Va., November 22, 1861. His mother, a
woman of marked industry, early recognizing the ca¬
pabilities of her son, determined to give him the ad¬
vantages of the public schools of her city. Entering
the Richmond schools, he went to the front, and was
pointed out by his associates as a brilliant mind.
Graduating from the Richmond Normal School in