Individual Record 622

Name}   Williams, James Clark Family History} Hancock              
  Title} Professor Race} White Sex} Male
Birth:   Date} Fam             1850 Place} Richland Twp (?), Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Marr1: Date}   Place}      
Marr2: Date} Exa   5 Jul  1904 Place}   , Butler, Ohio     (Link)
Death: Date} Exa              1930 Place}  
Burial: Date} Exa              1930 Place} Rocky Springs Cemetery, Sandy Lake, Mercer, Pennsylvania
  Grave Marker} Yes
Source 1} 101 = Geog history
Source 2} 102 = 1860 USA cen
Source 3} 103 = 1870 USA cen
Source 4} 788 = Family history
Source 5} 1428=Marriage rec
Source 6} 1437=1930 USA cen
Source 7} 1438=Cemetery rec
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Parents: } David P. Williams & Mary Ann McCaw
   Relationship No.} 54
1st Household No.} 112 = Curry University, Pittsburgh
      Occupation 1} Business executive
       Occupation 2} School administrator
       Occupation 3} Salesman
  Religion/Church} Presbyterian
Spouses:   Prime} ? ? ?
               Second} Vogan, Grace
 Total Number of} 2
Notes:  James was the president of Curry University in Pittsburgh and a native of Allegheny county.  He was born and spent the first 17 years of his life on the old homestead farm, near Bakerstown, where his grandfather, Rev. Matthew Williams settled about the year 1800.

The four years after leaving the farm were spent in collegiate studies, which he commenced under the private tuition of the great astronomer and teacher, Prof. Bradley (the founder of the Allegheny Observatory), and continued at Westminister College, Lawrence County, PA.  In 1872, he became the junior member of the firm of Garber & Williams, successors to Higby Cust & Co., importers and dealers in queensware and fine chine, 189 Liberty Street, Pittsburgh.  In 1874, having disposed of his interest in that firm to advantage, he embarked in the real estate business.  Shortly after he purchased large flouring-mill interests, which, by energy and good business management, were made very profitable.

Five years later, the mills having been destroyed by fire, he associated himself with Curry Institute, after which he became principal in 1880, and with his brother Harmon D. Williams, built up the institution in the face of most discouraging circumstances, attaining an almost unparalleled success.

The September 1880 term was begun with less than a dozen pupils, while the enrollment in 1888 was 1,403 students.  A faculty of 30 teachers gave instruction in the full course of university studies.  In recognition of his scholarly attainments a Master of Arts degree was conferred upon him by Lafayette College, Easton, PA in 1883.

Curry University was non-sectarian, but it was a thoroughly Christian institution with a high standard of morality.

James was a regular attendant at and member of the Third Presbyterian Church for many years.

James was described as a man of tireless energy, of aboundant resources in management, strict, yet kind in discipline.  The large institution which he built up in so short a time was both an honor to himself and to the country in which he was born.

Click here for a description of Pittsburgh in 1902.

On the 1904 date of James' second marriage, he was 51 years old and reported his occupation to be salesman.  Thus it appears that his association with Curry University had ended by 1904.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social}  
Baptism Date}   Place}  
Confirm. Date}   Engraving} James circa 1889 James Clark Williams
Immigr'n Date} N/A Port} N/A
Education: Grade} Westminister College; Lafayette College
 or Top 2 Degrees} Master of Arts in 1883
Military: Service}                   for the State of}  
Health Condition}  
 Cause of Death}  
Last Updated
by} Dan Hancock
Date Updated} 14 Aug 2014
Date Created}    3 Mar 1996
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