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Duane Williams

Charles Duane Williams
Born (1860-08-11)August 11, 1860
Died April 15, 1912(1912-04-15) (aged 51)
RMS Titanic, Atlantic Ocean
Nationality  United States
Occupation lawyer
Spouse(s) Lydia Biddle Williams-White

Charles Duane Williams (August 11, 1860[1] – April 15, 1912) was an American lawyer who was fundamental in founding the International Tennis Federation.


Williams, originally from Radnor, Pennsylvania,[1] spent most of his life at Geneva in Switzerland.[2]

Williams is generally regarded the main driving force behind the foundation of the [2]

In April 1912, Williams planned to return to the United States along with his son, Dick, a famous tennis player, in order to visit his wife, Lydia Biddle Williams-White. Both boarded the RMS Titanic at Cherbourg as first class passengers. After the ship hit an iceberg and was sinking, father and son jumped into the water. While Dick could save himself, his father was killed by a funnel falling from the ship.[1]


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