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James Walter Wall

Birthplace: Trenton, NJ, USA
Death: Died in Elizabeth, NJ, USA
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Son of Garret D. Wall, U.S. Senator and Mary Wall

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About James Walter Wall, U.S. Senator


James Walter Wall (May 26, 1820 – June 9, 1872) was a United States Senator from New Jersey during the American Civil War. He was the son of U.S. Senator Garret Dorset Wall.


Born in Trenton, New Jersey, he was tutored privately in Flushing, Queens, and graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1838. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1841 and commenced practice in Trenton. Served as commissioner in bankruptcy.

He moved to Burlington, New Jersey in 1847, and was elected Mayor of Burlington, New Jersey in 1850; was nominated for the Democratic nomination for Congress in 1850, but declined. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1854 to the Thirty-fourth United States Congress. Wall supported John C. Breckinridge in the presidential election of 1860, then was involved in the "editorial direction of the New York Daily News, a peace organ that the government supressed in August 1861."

Wall was arrested and confined in Fort Lafayette for several weeks. Released after pledging allegiance to the Union, Wall was elected by the New Jersey legislature as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John Renshaw Thomson and served from January 14 to March 4, 1863. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection.

He resumed the practice of law in Burlington; also engaged in literary pursuits. He moved to Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1869, where he died, aged 52. He was buried in Saint Mary's Episcopal Churchyard in Burlington, New Jersey.

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James Walter Wall, U.S. Senator's Timeline

May 26, 1820
Trenton, NJ, USA
June 9, 1872
Age 52
Elizabeth, NJ, USA