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FORWARD, Walter, statesman, born in Connecticut in 1786; died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 24 November 1852. He received an academic education, removed to Pittsburgh, and became the editor of the "Tree of Liberty," a Democratic newspaper. He then studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1806, and practiced till 1822, when he was elected to congress as a Democrat to fill a vacancy, and served till 1825. In the presidential elections of 1824 and 1828 he supported John Quincy Adams, and was thenceforward identified with the Whig party. He was active in the State constitutional convention of 1837, and in 1841 was appointed by President Harrison first comptroller of the treasury, serving till his appointment by President Tyler to the treasury portfolio in September of the same year. On retiring from the cabinet in March 1843, he resumed his practice at the bar. President Taylor made him charge d'affaires in Denmark in November 1849, but he resigned in 1851, to accept the office of president judge of the district court of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, to which he had been elected. He published a report on the tariff that was considered an able document (Washington, 1842).
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