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WALKER, James Barr, clergyman, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 29 July, 1805; died in Wheaten, Illinois, 6 March, 1887. His father died when the son was a child, and he and his widowed mother resided near Pittsburg, where James worked in a factory, was errand-boy in a country store, and then labored four years in a printing-office. At the age of twenty he walked to New York, where he became clerk in the office of Mordecai M. Noah, and he was afterward a teacher in New Durham, New Jersey He then studied law in Ravenna, Ohio, was graduated at Western Reserve college in 1831, and then edited successively the "Ohio Observer" at Hudson, the " Watchman of the Valley" at Cincinnati, and the "Watchman of the Prairies" at Chicago (now the "Advance ")--all religious newspapers. He also engaged in the publication and sale of books, but abandoned it for the ministry, and in 1841 was licensed to preach by the presbytery of Chicago. He then resided in Mansfield, Ohio, where he established a private asylum for orphans, and he was for some time acting pastor of a church in Sandusky. He was lecturer on the harmony between science and revealed religion at Oberlin college and Chicago theological seminary. Western Reserve college gave him the degree of D.D. Dr. Walker was the author of "The Philosophy of the Plan of Salvation," published anonymously under the editorship of Professor Calvin E. Stowe (Boston, 1855), which went through several editions in England, and has been translated into five foreign languages, including Hindustanee; "God revealed in Nature and in Christ," in opposition to theories of development (1855); "Philosophy of Scepticism and Ultraism" (1857) ; "Philosophy of the Divine Operation in the Redemption of Man" (London, 1862); "Poems" (1862) ; "Living Questions of the Age" (Chicago, 1869); and "Dec: trine of the Holy Spirit" (1870).
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