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Richard Wilde Walker, Jr.

Death: April 10, 1936 (79)
Place of Burial: Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Wilde Walker, Sr., Sen., CSA and Mary Ann Walker
Husband of Sarah Walker
Brother of John Simpson Walker; Margaret Patton Bolling and Percy Walker

Occupation: US Federal Judge, New Orleans, LA, Justice on the United States Court of Appeals on the 5th Circuit
Managed by: Charles W Lewis, II
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About Richard Wilde Walker, Jr,_Jr.

Richard Wilde Walker, Jr. (March 11, 1857 – April 10, 1936) was an associate justice on the Alabama Supreme Court and on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


Richard Wilde Walker, Jr., was born on March 11, 1857, in Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama. He was the son of Richard Wilde Walker, Sr., and his wife, Mary Ann Simpson Walker. He was a grandson of John Williams Walker and nephew of LeRoy Pope Walker and Percy Walker. On January 22, 1886, he married Shelby White (January 14, 1862 - March 12, 1949, daughter of Addison and Sarah White) in Huntsville, Alabama. They had no children. Both are buried in Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville.


Walker attended Washington and Lee College in Lexington, Virginia, for only one year. After this he went to Princeton College in New Jersey, where he achieved scholarly distinction and graduated in 1877. (His father and paternal grandfather also graduated from Princeton.) He attended Columbia Law School in New York City for one session. He was admitted to the bar at Huntsville, Alabama, in the fall of 1877.


Walker practiced law in St. Louis, Missouri, for about one year. In 1881, he went to New York City where he practiced law for over two years. He returned to Huntsville in early 1884.

On February 23, 1891, just shy of 34 years of age, Walker was appointed by the governor to the office of associate justice on the Supreme Court of Alabama. In 1914, he was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He reached senior status in 1930 and remained with the court until his death.

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Richard Wilde Walker, Jr's Timeline

March 11, 1857
April 10, 1936
Age 79
Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, USA