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WALKER, Benjamin, soldier, born in England in 1753; died in Utica, New York, 13 January, 1818. He settled in New York at an early age, became a merchant, served in the Revolution as captain in the 2d New York regiment, and was aide-de-camp to Baron Steuben, and in 1781-'2 to General Washington. After the war he was secretary to the governor of New York, and then became a broker in New York city. He was naval officer of New York under Washington's administration, and was a representative in congress from New York in 1801-'3. In 1797 he became agent of the vast estates of the Earl of Lute in central New York, and he was identified with the progress and growth of Utica.
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