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Richard Thomas Walker DUKE

(1822-1898)

DUKE, Richard Thomas Walker, a Representative from Virginia; born near Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Va., June 6, 1822; attended private schools; was graduated from the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., in 1844; was graduated from the law department of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., in 1850; elected Commonwealth attorney for the county of Albemarle in 1858 and continued in that office until 1869; during the Civil War entered the Confederate Army; became colonel of the Forty-sixth Regiment, Virginia Infantry; elected as a Conservative to the Forty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Robert Ridgway; reelected to the Forty-second Congress and served from November 8, 1870, to March 3, 1873; member of the State house of delegates in 1879 and 1880; died at his country estate, “Sunny Side,” near Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Va., on July 2, 1898; interment in Maplewood Cemetery, Charlottesville, Va.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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