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Frank E. Williams was the first Sheriff elected under the new State Constitution. The new constitution allowed Williams to serve a three year term instead of the customary two year term of previous and future administrations.
Frank was born in Portage County, Ohio, August 25,1836. As a teenager, he worked as a clerk at a local mercantile in a suburb of Cleveland. He eventually became a partner, but sold his interest in 1857. Traveling to New York City Williams booked passage on a steamer for California. On arrival in California, Williams headed straight to San Jose, procuring employment at local ranches. He was able to save enough money to purchase a ranch near King and Story Roads, where he raised hay and grain. Frank married Amelia A. White; they had four sons and four daughters.
In 1879 Williams ran for Sheriff on the Republican ticket and prevailed over Sheriff Harris, 2,341 to 2,097. He decided not to run in the 1882 election, but ran again in 1884. He lost to Sheriff Branham by just over 1,100 votes.
Frank Williams died at the age of 72 on December 1,1907, and is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery.
The San Jose Daily Mercury, December 3,1907
The San Jose Weekly Mercury, September 1879
Guinn, Prof. J.M., History of the State of California, The Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, 1904
Foote, H.S., Pen Pictures from the Garden of the World, The Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1888