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Joseph Henry WALKER

(1829-1907)

WALKER, Joseph Henry, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Mass., December 21, 1829; moved with his parents to Hopkinton in 1830 and to Worcester, Mass., in 1843; attended the public schools; engaged in the manufacture of boots and shoes; established the business of manufacturing leather in Chicago, Ill., in 1868; member of the common council of Worcester 1852-1854; served in the State house of representatives in 1879, 1880, and 1887; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1899); chairman, Committee on Banking and Currency (Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1898 to the Fifty-sixth Congress; resumed his former business pursuits; died in Worcester, Mass., April 3, 1907; interment in the Rural Cemetery.

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

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