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Charles Hayden Proctor, a member of the Trinity class of 1873, wrote this Biography of James Williams or "Professor Jim" (1790 - 1878), janitor at Trinity College for over 50 years and founding member of the African Zion Methodist Church in Hartford. The book contains anecdotes and quotes from Jim about his life, beginning from his childhood in New York as a slave of Colonel John F. Robert, and includes accounts of the duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, experience in the early 1800s working on ships and traveling the world, as a servant in Bishop Brownell's service, and many years working as janitor of Trinity College.

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The Life of James Williams, Better Known As Professor Jim, for Half a Century Janitor of Trinity College