W. J. Abrams
|21st and 23rd Mayor of Green Bay, Wisconsin|
April 1883 – April 1885
|Preceded by||J. H. M. Wigman|
|Succeeded by||Charles Hartung|
April 1881 – April 1882
|Preceded by||J. C. Neville|
|Succeeded by||J. H. M. Wigman|
|Member of the Wisconsin Senate|
from the 2nd district
January 1, 1868 – January 1, 1870
|Preceded by||Matthew J. Meade|
|Succeeded by||Lyman Walker|
|Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly|
from the Brown County district
|Born||March 19, 1829|
Cambridge, New York, U.S.
|Died||September 12, 1900 (aged 71)|
Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Resting place||Woodlawn Cemetery|
Green Bay, Wisconsin
|Spouse(s)||Henrietta T. Alton Abrams|
|Parents||Isaac T. Abrams|
Ruth (Hall) Abrams
|Residence||Green Bay, Wisconsin|
William "W. J." Abrams (March 19, 1829 – September 12, 1900) was an American railroad surveyor, railroad businessman and politician. He served as a member of the Wisconsin State Senate and the Wisconsin State Assembly, and was the 21st and 23rd Mayor of Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Abrams was born in Cambridge, New York, the son of Isaac T. Abrams and Ruth (Hall) Abrams. He attended school in Cambridge and Troy, New York before studying theology in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He was not able to finish his studies due to poor health.
Abrams completed railroad surveys from Lake Michigan to Ontonogan, Michigan before moving to Wisconsin in 1856, and settling in Green Bay in 1861. He was involved in water transportation facilities before becoming a railroad businessman. He was a promoter for the Green Bay and Lake Pepin Railroad, which would become the Green Bay and Western Railroad. Abrams served as Chairman of the Board and President for the railroad.
Abrams was a Democratic member of the State Assembly from 1864 to 1867 and the State Senate from 1868 to 1869. He was later Mayor of Green Bay in 1881 and again from 1883 to 1884. He served as Vice-President of the Soldiers Orphans Home in Madison, Wisconsin.
In 1881, Abrams owned land where the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad built a depot in the area that was to become Abrams, Wisconsin. The town of Abrams was named in his honor.
Abrams died on September 12, 1900 in Wisconsin and is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery.
In 1854, Abrams married Henrietta T. Alton. They had three children, Kate, Ruth and Winford. Their son Winford also served as Mayor of Green Bay.