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Isaac Pigeon WALKER

(1815-1872)
Senate Years of Service:
1848-1855
Party:
Democrat

WALKER, Isaac Pigeon, a Senator from Wisconsin; born near Wheeling, Va. (now West Virginia), November 2, 1815; moved to Danville, Ill., in early youth; attended the common schools; was employed as a clerk in a store; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1834 and commenced practice in Springfield; served one term in the State house of representatives; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1840; moved to Wisconsin Territory in 1841, settled in Milwaukee, and continued the practice of law; member, Territorial legislature 1847-1848; upon the admission of Wisconsin as a State into the Union was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate; reelected in 1849 and served from June 8, 1848, to March 3, 1855; chairman, Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses (Thirtieth Congress), Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Thirty-first through Thirty-third Congresses); engaged in agricultural pursuits in Waukesha County; returned to Milwaukee and resumed the practice of law; died there March 29, 1872; interment in Forest Home Cemetery.

Bibliography

Curti, Merle. “Isaac P. Walker: Reformer in Mid-Century Politics.” Wisconsin Magazine of History 34 (Autumn 1950): 3-6, 58-62.

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

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