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Prentiss Lafayette WALKER

(1917-1998)

WALKER, Prentiss Lafayette, a Representative from Mississippi; born near Taylorsville, Smith County, Miss., August 23, 1917; attended the public schools of Las Cruces, N. Mex., and Taylorsville and Mize, Miss., and Mississippi College at Clinton, Miss., in 1936; entered United States Army in 1944 and served in Pacific Theater; president of Walker Egg Farms, Inc., Mize, Miss.; owner, Walker’s Supermarket, 1937-1963; member of the executive committee of the State Game and Fish Commission, 1960; delegate, Republican National Conventions, 1964 and 1968; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-ninth Congress (January 3, 1965-January 3, 1967); was not a candidate for reelection in 1966, but was an independent candidate to the United States Senate; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate in 1972; engaged in farming and home building; died on June 5, 1998, in Magee, Miss.; interment in Zion Hill Cemetery, Magee, Miss.

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

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