Walker, Amasa

Walker, Amasa, 1799–1875, American economist, b. Woodstock, Conn. He became a merchant in Boston but retired from business in 1840. He lectured (1842–48) on political economy at Oberlin College, which he was influential in founding. He was a delegate to the peace congresses at London (1843) and Paris (1849). An abolitionist, he was elected secretary of state (1851–53) for Massachusetts by the Free-Soil party, and filled out a term (1862–63) as U.S. Congressman. Walker taught economics at Harvard (1853–60) and Amherst (1859–69). His Science of Wealth (1866) was long a popular economics textbook.

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