Frank J. Williams, founding chairman of the Lincoln Forum, is former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island (ret.). He has been a leader in the Lincoln community for 30 years, first as president of both the Lincoln Group of Boston and the Abraham Lincoln Association. In addition, he is a major collector of Lincolniana, a peripatetic lecturer before Lincoln and Civil War groups, and a scholar whose books include Abraham Lincoln: Sources and Styles of Leadership (1994) and Abraham Lincoln Contemporary: An American Legacy (1995). He is also Literary Editor of the Lincoln Herald where he contributes a quarterly survey of Lincolniana.
His latest book, Judging Lincoln, is a collection of his lectures and essays.
He resides in Hope Valley, Rhode Island.
On December 30, 2003, the President of the United States, through the Secretary of Defense, invited Chief Justice Williams to be a member of the Review Panel for the Military Commissions to be held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with the rank of Major General.
Appointed by the Majority Leader of the United States Senate.