Major General John Williams. Before this reaches the eye of the reader, Ma- jor General John Williams, City Treasurer, if the prognostications of his physicians prove cor- rect, will have passed from this earth to the unknown hereafter. He has been in feeble health for some time, the chief difficulty being gall stones. A vigorous will to conquer he kept up and around until a few days ago, when a change for the worse took place, succeeded by a decided change yeasterday, and this morning he was pronounced to be dying--worn out, ex- hausted by the great drain on his strength. John Williams was born in Utica in 1807; from there he went to Sacketts Harbor, and in 1824 came to this city. He went into the hard- ware business with Olcott & Watts, and subse- quently with Olcott, Watts & Langworthy. Soon after that he conducted the business in Exchange street for himself, but was unsuccess- ful. He went to Michigan for a year and then returned to this city, engaging in the distillery business with the late Warham Whitney, whose daughter he subsequently married. Twenty- five or thirty years ago he engaged in the mer- chant milling business in the Whitney Mills in Browns Race and continued therein, with vary- ing fortunes, until 1868 or '69. In 1842 he was elected Alderman from the Second Ward, his opponent being the late Geo. W. Parsons. At this election the use of "gums" or pasters was first introduced. At the close of the polls it was generally conceded that Mr. Parsons was elected, and his friends with a band repaired to his residence and gave him a serenade. A count of the "gums," however, showed Mr. Wil- liams elected by a good majority. In 1853 he was elected Mayor of Rochester, and he discharged the duties of the office with the greatest fidelity to the interests of the peo- ple. In 1854 he was elected to Congress, being the candidate of the Democracy. His election was a signal triumph for his party. In the House of Representatives he was a prominent member, and if we mistake not was a leading candidate for the Speakership. In 1871 he was elected City Treasurer by the Democrat and Labor Reform parties by 1,700 majority. So well did he discharge the duties of the office that in 1873 he was reelected with- out any opposition. In March, 1875, he was elected for a third time by over 3,000 majori- ty. His present term expires on the first Mon- day of April next. Major General Williams for many years has occupied a prominent posi- tion in the military affairs of the State. He was the organizer and commandant in the early days of Rochester of that crack military corps, "Williams Light Infantry." Subsequently he was Inspector General, with the rank of Major, on the staff of some General. He was for years Brigadier General of the Twenty-fifth Brigade, and at the present time holds the office of Major General of the Seventh Division of the National Guard. He was always considered au fait in military matters. He succeeded as Major General, General Wadsworth. In 1861 or 1862 he was commissioned to raise the 108th Regiment, U.S. Voluteers, and he soon had the ranks full and the regiment started for the South. He soon turned over the command to Col. O'Rourke. General Williams was one of the most ener- getic and hospitable citizens Rochester ever had, and the announcement of his death will mark a sad era in the history of Rochester. His second wife was also a daughter of the late Warham Whitney. He leaves four sons-- J. Elliot, Edward W., George D. and Whitney Williams. He was for years an active fireman, and held the office of Foreman of Fire Company No. 3. He was always prominent in charitable move- ments and the needy and those in distress never appealed to John Williams oin vain when he was in a situation to lend a helping hand. He al- ways bore the reputation of a man of the strict- est integrity, and deservedly so. The breath of suspicion was never raised against him. We are aware that this is an imperfect sketch of the General, but want of time prevents us from gathering further data to-day.