Dr. Williams is born in Charleston, South Carolina to Ellison Adger and Elizabeth Simonton Williams.
Dr. Williams serves in the U.S. Army for two years.
Dr. Williams receives a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University.
Dr. Williams receives a Master of Arts from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Williams works as an assistant cashier at Carolina Savings Bank in Charleston, South Carolina.
Dr. Williams marries Harriet Porcher Williams.
Dr. Williams receives a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Williams becomes an assistant professor of English from Duke University.
Dr. Williams becomes a historiographer for the Diocese of South Carolina.
Dr. Williams is promoted to associate professor at Duke University.
Dr. Williams is promoted to full professor at Duke University.
Dr. Williams becomes a senior fellow of the Cooperative Program in Humanities at Duke University and the University of North Carolina.
Dr. Williams becomes a Guggenheim Foundation fellow.
Dr. Williams becomes a Huntington Librarian fellow.
Dr. Williams is appointed chairman of the Department of English at Duke University.
Dr. Williams serves as a visiting professor at the U.S. Military Academy.
Dr. Williams receives an Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the U.S. Army.
Dr. Williams retires and becomes Professor Emeritus at Duke University.