First Vice-President of The Richmond Normal School
Alumni Association in June '85, and Second Vice-
President in June '89. In 1HS5, he was elected Sec¬
retary of the Faculty of the V N. and C. I., and holds
that position now. In July 1889, he was elected Chair¬
man of the Executive Committee of The Virginia
Teachers' Association. These facts may serve to show
his widespread reputation and unbounded usefulness.
It is true that
"We live in deeds, not years ; In thoughts, not breaths ;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
We should .omit time by heart-throbs. He most lives
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best."—Bailey.
VI. His Moral and Religious Character.
Professor Williams is a strong devotee of the Chris¬
tian religion. In the early part of 1878, he became a
member of The First Baptist Church in Worcester,
Massachusetts, in which there was no colored Baptist
Church. During his last school year, he taught a
large Bible class of young ladies in The First Baptist
Church S. S. On his departure from Worcester, the
class presented him an Oxford edition of a teacher's
Bible. He is a man of unblemished moral character,
and scrupulously dutiful to his aged mother, for whom
he cherishes a most devoted affection. Kind hearted,
gentlemanly, affable, able, Prof. Williams is "a man
among men." It is with no little pleasure that we pay
this tributo to Virginia's noble son—a young man who
has steadily climbed the ladder of fame until to-day
he can gaze with a serenity that comes from a con¬
sciousness of success. Having watched him in his
upward flight, we pause for words with which to ex-