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Walter FORWARD

(1786-1852)

FORWARD, Walter, (brother of Chauncey Forward), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in East Granby, Conn., January 24, 1786; attended the common schools; moved with his father to Aurora, Ohio; settled in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1803; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1806 and commenced practice in Pittsburgh; also served for several years as editor of the Tree of Liberty; elected as a Republican to the Seventeenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Henry Baldwin; reelected as a Jackson Republican to the Eighteenth Congress, and served from October 8, 1822, to March 3, 1825; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1824 to the Nineteenth Congress; member of the State constitutional convention in 1837; appointed by President Harrison as First Comptroller of the Treasury on April 6, 1841, and served until September 13, 1841, when he was appointed Secretary of the Treasury in the Cabinet of President Tyler, which position he held until March 1, 1843; resumed the practice of law in Pittsburgh; appointed by President Taylor Chargé d’Affaires to Denmark and served from November 8, 1849, to October 10, 1851; returned to the United States to serve as president judge of the district court of Allegheny County; died in Pittsburgh, Pa., November 24, 1852; interment in Allegheny Cemetery.

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

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