June 20th, 1920

Ephraim Williams Jr.’s remains are reinterred at Williams College.

Having been removed from his grave site at Lake George, the remains of Ephraim Williams, Jr. were reinterred in the new crypt in the basement of Thompson Chapel during Commencement ceremonies. Governor Calvin Coolidge, who had received an honorary degree from Williams the previous fall, spoke to the gathering. He is purported to have remarked, turning to Col. Williams’s urn which was draped with an American flag: “And there he lies, underneath the flag for which he fought and died.” Members of the audience later noted that Ephraim had died fighting for King George II.