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Samuel Hurd WALLEY

(1805-1877)

WALLEY, Samuel Hurd, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Mass., August 31, 1805; attended the common schools and Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass.; attended Yale College in 1822 and was graduated from Harvard University in 1826; studied law; was admitted to the Suffolk bar in 1831 and practiced in Boston and Roxbury; engaged in banking; treasurer of the Vermont Central Railroad; promoter and first treasurer of the Wisconsin Central Railroad; member of the State house of representatives in 1836 and 1840-1846, serving as speaker 1844-1846; corporate member of the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions 1848-1867; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1855); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1854 to the Thirty-fourth Congress; unsuccessful Whig candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in 1855; president of the Revere National Bank; died at Nantasket Beach, Plymouth County, Mass., on August 27, 1877; interment in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Mass.

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

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