Gilbert Carlton WALKER, Congress, VA (1833-1885)


WALKER, Gilbert Carlton, a Representative from Virginia; born in South Gibson, Susquehanna County, Pa., August 1, 1833; received a thorough English training and was graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y., in 1854; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1855 and practiced in Owego, Broome County, N.Y., 1855-1859 and in Chicago, Ill., 1859-1864; moved to Norfolk, Va., in 1864 and continued the practice of law; also engaged in banking; Governor of Virginia 1869-1874; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1879); chairman, Committee on Education and Labor (Forty-fourth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1878; settled in Binghamton, N.Y., in 1879 and practiced law; moved to New York City in 1881 and continued the practice of law; served as president of the New York Underground Railroad Co.; died in New York City, May 11, 1885; interment in Spring Forest Cemetery, Binghamton, N.Y.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present