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William Adams WALKER

(1805-1861)

WALKER, William Adams, a Representative from New York; born in New Hampshire June 5, 1805; attended the common schools and Northampton Law School; was admitted to the bar but never engaged in the practice of law; moved to New York City in 1832; appointed principal of a public school in New York City; county superintendent of common schools 1843-1847; member of the board of aldermen in 1846; defeated for reelection in 1847; served as commissioner of jurors until elected to Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1855); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1854 to the Thirty-fourth Congress; defeated for election to the board of aldermen in 1857; died in Irvington, West Chester County, N.Y., December 18, 1861; interment in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Tarrytown, N.Y.

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

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