|Born||6 January 1837|
Whatley, Somerset, England
|Died||21 September 1931 (aged 94)|
Aspley Guise, England
|Education||St John's College, Cambridge (BA, 1860; MA, 1863)|
|Occupation||Humanitarianism and vegetarianism activist, writer|
|The Ethics of Diet (1883)|
(m. 1860; died 1906)
|Family||Henry John Williams (brother)|
Howard Williams (6 January 1837 – 21 September 1931) was an English humanitarianism and vegetarianism activist, and the author of The Ethics of Diet, a history of vegetarianism.
Williams was a born in 1837, in Whatley, Somerset. He was the son of an Anglican minister and the older brother of Henry John Williams. He was home educated, then went on to study history at St John's College, Cambridge; he earned his BA in 1860 and MA in 1863. Williams married Eliza Smith on 20 November 1860; she died around 1906.
Williams' first book was published in 1865, entitled The Superstitions of Witchcraft. Williams became a vegetarian in 1872, as well as an anti-vivisectionist; he published The Ethics of Diet, a history of vegetarianism in Europe, in 1883.
Williams was the inspiration for and one of the founding members of the Humanitarian League, in 1891, which "opposed all avoidable suffering on any sentient being". He remained on the board for several years. He also served as the Vice-President of the London Vegetarian Society and was a board member of the Animal Defence and Anti-Vivisection Society.
Williams died in Aspley Guise, in 1931.
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