WALKER, James Peter (1851-1890)

WALKER, JAMES PETER, a Representative from Missouri; born near Memphis, Lauderdale County, Tenn., March 14, 1851; attended the public schools and the boys' college at Durhamville, Tenn.; employed in early youth as a clerk in a country store; moved to Missouri in 1867 and settled near Kennett, Dunkin County; engaged in agricultural pursuits; moved to Point Pleasant, New Madrid County, in 1871 and engaged in transportation on the Mississippi River; engaged in the dry-goods business at Dexter, Mo., in 1876, and later, in 1882, in the buying and selling of grain; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1880; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for Congress in 1884; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses and served from March 4, 1887, until his death; had been unanimously nominated as the Democratic candidate for reelection to the Fifty-second Congress on the day of his death; died July 19, 1890, in Dexter, Stoddard County, Mo.; interment in Dexter Cemetery.