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WALKER, George, diplomatist, born in Peter-borough, New Hampshire, in 1824; died in Washington, D. C., 15 January, 1888. He was educated at Yale and at Dartmouth, where he was graduated in 1842, and studied law at Harvard, where he received his degree in 1845. He was admitted to the bar at Springfield, Massachusetts, practising law there from 1847 till 1875, was elected to the Massachusetts senate in 1857, was re-elected, and in 1868 was a member of the lower house. He was instrumental in introducing the national system of banking into the state, engaged in business in Springfield Mass., and became president of the Third national bank of that city. In 1865 he was sent to Europe on a confidential mission by Sec. Hugh McCulloch, and wrote an article on the public debt and resources of the United States, which was published in the " Revue des deux mondes" and republished in German papers. In 1869 he visited Europe on business connected with the state of Massachusetts, and on his return settled in New York city, engaged in banking, and was elected vice-president of the Gold and stock telegraph company. In 1879 he was sent to Europe on a confidential mission by Sec. William M. Evarts, visited England, France, and Germany, and made investigations with special reference to the question of a bi-metallic monetary standard. He was consul-general in Paris from 1880 till 188% when he resigned, returned to this country, and resided in Washington, D. C., till his death.
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