William L. “CornPop” Williams



Devlin Barth

This past weekend, on September 15th, a clip of presidential candidate Joe Biden surfaced on the internet. He was talking in Wilmington in 2017, telling a story about a man named “Corn Pop”. Most people assumed that Corn Pop was someone he made up, but it turns out, he was indeed a real person. Real Name “William L. Williams”, Corn Pop was a part of the Wilmington gang “Romans”. The story takes place during the 1962; Biden was a college student working as a lifeguard in a local pool. During that time, it was required that people who put pomade in their hair were required to wear a pool cap. Williams, who was not wearing one at the time, was promptly kicked out of the pool by Biden himself. The two had a confrontation which led to the parking lot. Williams and 2 others confronted Biden with razors in their hands. Biden confronted them but apologized for his words, which defused the argument. 

On December 2, 2016, Cornpop passed away with his family at his side. He was 73. Biden has since told this story to people several times. When he worked at the pool he wanted to “get more involved” with the black community in WIlmington. “I’d turn on the television and I’d see and listen to Dr. (Martin Luther) King and others, but I didn’t know any black people,” he said. “So, I wanted to work here.” says Biden. 

Biden went on to represent Delaware as a U.S. Senator for 36 years.