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WALKER, John Williams, senator, born in Virginia in 1789; died in Huntsville, Alabama, 23 April, 1823. He was graduated at Princeton in 1806 with the valedictory, and studied law. In 1810 he settled in Huntsville, Alabama, where he followed his profession, and was several times elected to the legislatures of Mississippi and Alabama. He presided over the convention that framed the first constitution of Alabama, and was elected its first United States senator, but resigned after a year on account of the failure of his health.--I-[is son, Leroy Pope, lawyer, born near Huntsville, Alabama, 8 July, 1817 ; died there, 22 August, 1884, studied law, attained a high place at the bar of northern Alabama, early entered public life, was speaker of the Alabama house of representatives in 1847-'50, and served as judge of the state circuit court in 1850-'3. He became well known as an advocate of the policy of internal improvement and of secession, and in 1861-'2 was Confederate secretary of war, directing the military operations by which the civil war was begun. He was also commissioned brigadier-general in the Confederate army, but resigned, 1 March, 1862. After the war he resumed the practice of law at Huntsville.
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