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John Bell Williams
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Birth Date:December 4, 1918
Astrology Sign:Sagittarius
Chinese Sign:Horse - Yang
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Died Date:March 25, 1983

Occupation:US Politician

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John Bell Williams

Biography:John Bell Williams (December 4, 1918-March 25, 1983) was an American politician who was governor of Mississippi from 1968 to 1972.

John Bell Williams was born in Raymond, Mississippi. He graduated from Hinds Junior College in 1938, attended the University of Mississippi, and graduated from Jackson Law School in 1940. In November 1941, he enlisted with the U.S. Army Air Corps and served as pilot during World War II; however, he retired from active service after losing the lower part of his left arm after a bomber crash in 1944. Williams was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1946. He was the youngest U.S. Representative to be elected from Mississippi.

Williams advocated states' rights and segregation. He walked out of the 1948 Democratic National Convention and supported Strom Thurmond's Presidential campaign, whose primary platform was racial segregation. After the Supreme Court made its Brown v. Board of Education ruling in May 1954 which outlawed racial segregation in schools, Williams made a speech on the House floor branding the day 'Black Monday'. Williams supported the Democratic party's Presidential campaign in 1952, and supported unpledged Democratic electors in 1956 and 1960. But in 1964 Williams endorsed Republican Barry Goldwater for President and helped raise funds for him in Mississippi. Due to his endorsement and fundraising for Goldwater, the Democratic Party stripped Williams of his seniority.

In 1967, Williams returned to Mississippi and ran for Governor. The field of candidates was large, including one former Governor (Ross Barnett) and two future Governors (William Winter and William Waller). In the primary, Williams claimed that former Governor Ross Barnett made a secret deal with the Kennedys and he finished second to Winter. In the runoff, Williams defeated Winter by 61,000 votes. In the general election, Williams defeated his opponent Rubel Phillips by almost 182,000 votes.

During his term as Governor, Mississippi experienced the desegregation of its school system due to a Federal court order. Williams, despite his background as a strong segregationist, refused to defy the court order.

After his term, Williams resumed his law practice. Williams endorsed Gerald Ford in 1976 and Ronald Reagan in 1980.

Preceded by: Paul B. Johnson, Jr. Governor of Mississippi 1968-1972 Succeeded by: William Waller Governors of Mississippi Holmes • Poindexter • Leake • Brandon • Holmes • Brandon • Scott • Lynch • Runnels • Quitman • Lynch • McNutt • Tucker • Brown • Matthews • Quitman • Guion • J. Whitfield • Foote • Pettus • McRae • McWillie • Pettus • Clark • Sharkey • Humphreys • Ames • Alcorn • Powers • Ames • Stone • Lowry • Stone • McLaurin • Longino • Vardaman • Noel • Brewer • Bilbo • Russell • H. Whitfield • Murphree • Bilbo • Conner • White • Johnson • Murphree • Bailey •

Chinese Horoscope for John Bell Williams
Includes characteristics and Vices
John Bell Williams's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: February 11, 1918 - January 31, 1919
Birthday: December 4, 1918

The Horse is a Yang,
and is the Seventh sign of the Chinese horoscope.


Personality and Character Cards:
Personality and character cards are identical!

John Bell Williams's Personality Tarot Card Strength - Personality Card

Birthday: December 4, 1918

A time for self-awareness involving courage, strength, and determination.

This year's Growth Tarot Card
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John Bell Williams's Growth Tarot Card The Hierophant

Birthday: December 4, 2023

Guidance on religious matters and the need to find spiritual meaning in life.




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