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William Joseph Williams

Born: Nov 17, 1759

Death: Nov 30, 1823

Birthplace: New York City

Nationality: United States

William Joseph Williams

Date of Birth : Nov 17, 1759
Date of Death : Nov 30, 1823
Birth Place : New York City

William Joseph Williams was an American painter. He was born in New York City, the son of William Williams, a painter born in Bristol, and Mary Mare Williams, sister of the painter John Mare. Today, Williams is widely regarded as the first American portraitist. Williams resided in New Bern, North Carolina from 1804 to 1823, after living in Philadelphia, Georgetown, and Charleston. He painted portraits of Presidents Washington, Adams, and Jefferson, as well as other important figures of this time. Williams died in New Bern and buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

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