Williams, John E.(born: 1906 - died: 1989)
From La Grange, Georgia, Williams came to Owensboro, KY, in 1927 and later owned a plaster contracting business. He filed his petition for the Office of Owensboro City Commissioner in 1965, losing the general election; he is remembered, however, for opening the door for other African Americans running for office in Owensboro. Williams was a member of the Mt. Pisgah Lodge #20. The first African American to run for office in Owensboro was H. Clay Helm in 1875. For more see J. Campbell, "Williams' bid opened door for black leaders, He earned a spot on fall ballot," Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, 10/28/05, p. 19; and "records local death John E. Williams," Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, 05/07/1989, p.2B.