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WALKER, James David, senator, born in Logan county, Kentucky, 13 December, 1830. He removed to Arkansas in 1847, was educated in private schools and at Ozark institute, Arkansas, studied law, and was admitted to practice in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in 1850. During the civil war he served as colonel of an Arkansas regiment in the Confederate army. After the war he resumed the practice of his profession, was solicitor-general of the state of Arkansas, a presidential elector in 1876 on the Tilden and Hendricks ticket, and in 1878 was chosen to the United States senate as a Democrat, serving till 3 March, 1885.
Senate Years of Service: 1879-1885 Party: Democrat
WALKER, James David, (grandson of David
Walker, nephew of John McLean [1791-1830] and Finis Ewing McLean, cousin of
Wilkinson Call, and great nephew of George Walker), a Senator from Arkansas;
born near Russellville, Logan County, Ky., December 13, 1830; attended private
schools in Kentucky and Ozark Institute and Arkansas College, Fayetteville,
Ark.; moved to Arkansas in 1847; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1850 and
commenced practice in Fayetteville, Washington County, Ark.; judge of the
circuit court, fourth judicial district; during the Civil War served as colonel
of the Fourth Regiment, Arkansas Infantry, Confederate Army; captured at Oak
Hills, Mo., in 1861 and imprisoned for two years; resumed the practice of law in
Fayetteville, Ark., in 1865; solicitor general of the State of Arkansas;
presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1876; elected as a Democrat to
the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1879, to March 3, 1885;
declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1884; resumed the practice of law
in Fayetteville, Ark., and died there on October 17, 1906; interment in the
Walker family cemetery.
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