ISHAM ROWLAND WILLIAMS
On the roll of successful attorneys practicing at the bar of Harnett County is found the name of Isham Rowland Williams, junior member of the firm of Godwin & Williams of Dunn, whose entire career has been worthy of emulation by the younger generation. Whether one considers the difficulties which he overcame in preparing himself for his chosen profession, his success therein, or the splendid service which he rendered during the World war and which secured for him decorations from his own and a foreign government, it must be conceded that he has given of his best in whatever field of action he has found himself, a statement that is being proven by his present efficient service in the capacities of county attorney of Harnett County and solicitor of the Recorder's Court of Dunn.
Mr. Williams was born at Spout Springs, Harnett County, North Carolina, June 19, 1891, and is a son of Marshall McDiarmid and Mary Lyde (Hicks) Williams, natives of Faison, this state, where Marshall McD. Williams is president of the Bank of Faison and a prominent and influential agriculturist. After attending the public schools of Faison, Isham R. Williams entered Horner Military School, from which he was graduated with the class of 1908. Subsequently he attended the University of North Carolina, from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1913, and then commenced teaching school at Asheville, a vocation in which he was engaged for three years, in the meanwhile applying himself during his leisure hours to the study of law. Mr. Williams was admitted to the bar in 1917 and commenced to practice at Dunn, but in that year the United States entered the World war, and Mr., Williams offered his services as a volunteer. He was commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry and went overseas with the Third Division, with which he took part in numerous engagements, being promoted first lieutenant and then captain. On. July 23, 1918, during the Marne offensive, he was severely wounded in action, and it was his exploit while receiving this wound that gained for him the Croix du Guerre from the French government and the Distinguished Service Medal from the United States government. On recovering from his wound he rejoined his command, with which he remained until February 1919, being then sent to Oxford University, England, for a course. On his return to the United States he again settled at Dunn, where in 1921 he formed a partnership with R. L. Godwin, under the firm style of God- win & Williams, which has since become one of the formidable legal combinations of the county. They maintain offices on Broad Street, and among their large clientage are to be found the names of numerous prominent concerns. As be- fore noted, Mr. Williams is serving efficiently in the capacities of county attorney of Harnett County and as solicitor of the Recorder's Court. He belongs to the Harnett County Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association, and to the Kappa Sigma legal fraternity. In politics he is a democrat; and belongs fraternally to the Masons and Knights of Pythias, while his religious faith is that of the Presbyterian Church. His pleasant home is situated on Orange Street. Mr. Williams is likewise an enthusiastic member of the American Legion.
On January 24, 1924, Mr. Williams was united in marriage with Miss Lenora "Mercer, a daughter of Dr. W. D. and Mary (Jones) Mercer, natives of Edgecombe County, this state, the former of whom, a well-known physician and surgeon, died in 1919. Mr. and Mrs. Williams are the parents of one son: Isham Rowland, Jr., born January 8, 1926. Mrs. Williams is active in the work of the Presbyterian Church.