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Joseph Williams Chalmers (December 20, 1806 – June 16, 1853) was a United States Senator from Mississippimarker. Born in Halifax County, Virginiamarker, he studied law in the University of Virginiamarker at Charlottesvillemarker, and in Richmondmarker. He was admitted to the bar and practiced, and moved to Jackson, Tennesseemarker in 1835 and to Holly Springs, Mississippimarker in 1839, practicing law in both places. He was vice chancellor of the northern Mississippi district in 1842 and 1843, and was appointed and subsequently elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Robert J. Walker, and served from November 3, 1845, to March 3, 1847. While in the Senate, Williams was chairman of the Committee on Engrossed Bills (29th United States Congress).

Williams engaged in the practice of law in Holly Springs until his death in 1853; interment was in Hill Crest Cemetery.

James Ronald Chalmers, Joseph Williams' son, was a U.S. Representative from Mississippi from 1877 to 1884.


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