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John William Walker

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Son of Rev. Jeremiah Walker and Mary Jane Walker
Husband of Matilda Walker
Father of Percy Walker, US Congress; John J. Walker; Gen. Leroy P. Walker, Sec. of War, CSA; Mary Jane Fearn; Richard W. Walker, Sen. CSA and 2 others
Brother of Mary Polly Coleman

Managed by: Charles W Lewis, II
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About John William Walker

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Williams_Walker

John Williams Walker (August 12, 1783 – April 23, 1823) was an American politician, who served as the Democratic-Republican United States senator from the state of Alabama, the first senator elected by that state.


Walker was born August 12, 1783 in Amelia County, Virginia, of Scots-Irish heritage, the son of Rev. Jeremiah Walker and Mary Jane Graves. He was educated at the prestigious Willington Academy of Dr. Moses Waddel near Petersburg, Georgia, and received degrees in 1806 and 1809 from Princeton University. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar at Petersburg.


In 1808, Walker married Matilda Pope, daughter of LeRoy Pope and Judith Sale, and in 1810, he followed his father-in-law to settle in the new town of Huntsville, Mississippi Territory (now Alabama), and there began the practice of law.


Upon the formation of the Alabama Territory in 1817, Walker served as a representative from Madison County to the first territorial legislature in 1818. In the second session, he served as speaker. In 1819, he was president of the convention that framed Alabama's first constitution, which enabled Alabama's admission to the United States.


On October 28, 1819, Walker was elected by an almost unanimous vote of the state legislature as the first United States senator from Alabama. He served from December 14, 1819 until his resignation on December 12, 1822 on account of his failing health. He died in Huntsville on April 23, 1823, and is buried in Maple Hill Cemetery. Walker County, Alabama, established December 20, 1824, is named in his honor.


Walker was the father of LeRoy Pope Walker, Confederate secretary of war and brigadier general; Richard Wilde Walker, Confederate States senator; Percy Walker, United States representative; and several other children. He was also grandfather of Richard Wilde Walker, Jr., Alabama Supreme Court Justice and a judge in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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John William Walker, U.S. Senator's Timeline

1783
August 12, 1783
1810
1810
Age 26
1812
December 1812
Age 29
Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama
1815
1815
Age 31
1817
July 28, 1817
Age 33
Huntsville, Alabama, USA
1821
1821
Age 37
1821
Age 37
1823
March 27, 1823
Age 39
1823
Age 39
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