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WALKER, William S., naval officer, born in New Hampshire, 6 December, 1793; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 24 November, 1863. He entered the navy as a midshipman, 30 November, 1814, was promoted to lieutenant, 13 January, 18., 5, and to master-commandant, 8 September, 1841, and commanded the sloop "Concord" on the coast of Africa in 1841-'2, and the receiving-ship at Boston in 1843-'6. He saw no service during the Mexican war. He commanded the sloop "Saratoga," on the Asiatic station, in 1850-'4, was promoted to captain, 14 September, 1855, and served at the receiving-ship at Boston in 1854-'5, after which he was on leave until the civil war began, when he was ordered to command the steam sloop "Brooklyn," but his failing health compelled him to decline to go to sea. He was placed on the retired list, and promoted to commodore, 16 July, 1862.
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