Walter Loomis SESSIONS, Congress, NY (1820-1896)


SESSIONS, Walter Loomis, a Representative from New York; born in Brandon, Rutland County, Vt., October 4, 1820; as a child was brought to Chautauqua County, N.Y.; attended the common schools of the county and Westfield (N.Y.) Academy; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1849 and commenced the practice of his profession in Panama, Chautauqua County, N.Y.; engaged in teaching; commissioner of schools for several years; member of the State assembly in 1853 and 1854; served in the State senate in 1860, 1861, 1866, and 1867; supervisor of the town of Harmony, Chautauqua County, N.Y., 1870-1872; elected as a Republican to the Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1875); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress; resumed the practice of law; elected to the Forty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1887); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1886 and for the nomination in 1890; engaged in the practice of his profession in Jamestown and Panama, N.Y.; appointed commissioner of the State of New York to the Worldâs Columbian Exposition at Chicago, Ill., in 1893; died in Panama, N.Y., on May 27, 1896; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery.

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