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Former Florida Lt. Gov. James H. Williams dies at 90

Former Lt. Gov. James H. Williams
Published Dec. 18, 2016

OCALA — Former Lt. Gov. James H. Williams has died at age 90.

Mr. Williams, who was lieutenant governor during Gov. Reubin Askew's second term from 1975 to 1979, died Friday, said his son, Jim Williams III.

Mr. Williams ran for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 1978, but lost to future Gov. Bob Graham.

He served in the state Senate from 1968 to 1974. Mr. Williams worked as a farmer and was a deputy U.S. secretary of agriculture from 1979 to 1981 during the administration of President Jimmy Carter.

Former Gov. Buddy MacKay, a fellow Ocala native, remembered Mr. Williams as a man of integrity.

"He was one of the finest people I've ever met. He was far too good a man to be in politics. He set a standard for all of us," MacKay said.

Information from the Ocala Star-Banner was used in this report.

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