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The Honorable Clarence Williamson

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/1/1930
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/1/1930
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Clarence Bernard Williamson was born on June 1, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois to Robert and Anne Williamson. He spent much of his childhood working behind the counter of his father’s grocery store. Williamson graduated from St. Elizabeth High School and enrolled at Roosevelt University. At the age of twenty-one, Williamson married Marion Degraffinreed, and continued to work in his father’s store until he was hired to manage a store owned by prominent Congressman William Dawson. Williamson dabbled in local politics, serving as a precinct captain for Alderman Robert Miller’s 6th Ward. In 1966, Williamson found employment as an underwriter for New York Life Insurance. After a few years, Williamson returned to college, earning an advanced degree in Corrections while working for the Cook County Department of Probation.

In 1980, Williamson was appointed to the Illinois House of Representatives, filling a vacancy left by Eugene Barnes after his appointment to the Chicago Transit Authority. Williamson decided to run for another term, but was defeated.

Williamson continues to work in the insurance field, acting as President of Vital Associates Incorporated, an insurance firm. The father of one son, Clarence Jr., Williamson has been a member of several organizations, including Operation PUSH, the American Correctional Association and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Williams was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 9, 2000.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Clarence Williamson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Clarence Williamson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Clarence Williamson describes his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Clarence Williamson describes his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Clarence Williamson talks about his grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Clarence Williamson describes his memories of childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Clarence Williamson talks about his grade school years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Clarence Williamson talks about his entry into politics and his experience at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Clarence Williamson talks about his marriage and early career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Clarence Williamson describes working for Alderman Robert Miller
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Clarence Williamson talks about his appointment to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1980
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Clarence Williamson describes his re-election bid for the Illinois House of Representatives in 1981
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Clarence Williamson talks about the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Clarence Williamson talks about the legislative process and political hacks
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Clarence Williamson shares his advice for aspiring legislators
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Clarence Williamson talks about his son
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Clarence Williamson describes highlights from his political career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Clarence Williamson talks about his marriage and professional life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Clarence Williamson describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Clarence Williamson talks about his work with Jazz Unites
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Clarence Williamson talks about his parents who were business owners
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Clarence Williamson leaves a message for his family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Clarence Williamson talks about the difference between politics at the state and federal levels
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Clarence Williamson talks about his political influence and values
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Clarence Williamson talks about the importance of history and Adelbert Roberts, the first African American in the Illinois State Senate
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Clarence Williamson narrates his photographs, pt.1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Clarence Williamson narrates his photographs, pt.2