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Williams,, Ben Ames, Jr., 1915-2000



Ben Ames Williams, Jr. was born October 25, 1915. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1938. While a senior at Dartmouth, Williams wrote "Mr. Secretary," a novel about Abraham Lincoln's secretary of war which was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1940. After graduation, Williams worked briefly for the "Boston Transcript" and the Harold Cabot Advertising Agency. In 1941, he joined the First National Bank of Boston. During World War II, Williams served as an officer in the Navy. After the war he returned to First Nation Bank where he served as an executive in charge of corporate commercial loans and as vice president. In 1976, he became president of the Old Colony Trust Company, a position he held until his retirement in 1978. After his retirement Williams wrote his second book, a history of the Bank of Boston, which was published in 1984. Williams died on December 21, 2000.

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"Mr. Secretary" typescript

Identifier: MS-159
Date(s): 1940

Ben Ames Williams, Jr. (1915-2000), banker. Dartmouth College Class of 1938. Consist of the typescript of his book "The Secretary."

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