Robert J. Walker
|Governor of Kansas|
May 27, 1857 – December 15, 1857
|Preceded by||John W. Geary|
|Succeeded by||James W. Denver|
|18th United States Secretary of the Treasury|
March 8, 1845 – March 5, 1849
|President||James K. Polk|
|Preceded by||George M. Bibb|
|Succeeded by||William M. Meredith|
|United States Senator|
March 4, 1835 – March 5, 1845
|Preceded by||George Poindexter|
|Succeeded by||Joseph W. Chalmers|
Robert John Walker
July 19, 1801
Northumberland, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||November 11, 1869 (aged 68)|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Children||5, including Duncan|
|Education||University of Pennsylvania (BA)|
Robert John Walker (July 19, 1801 – November 11, 1869) was an American lawyer, economist and politician. He was in the Democratic Party. He was a senator from Mississippi from 1835 until 1845. He was the Secretary of the Treasury from 1845 to 1849 under President James K. Polk. He was the Territorial Governor of Kansas in 1857.
Career[change | change source]
Secretary of the Treasury (1845-1849)[change | change source]
President Polk asked Walker to become U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Walker was the Treasury Secretary during all of Polk's presidency (from March 8, 1845 until March 5, 1849).
Kansas Territorial Governor (1857)[change | change source]
He was chosen to be governor of Kansas Territory on May 27, 1857 by President James Buchanan. However, he quit in December 1857. He quit because of he didn't agree with the Lecompton Constitution. In a resignation letter to Secretary of State Lewis Cass dated December 15, 1857, he said his reasons for quitting was because clear voting fraud and improper political pressure from Franklin Pierce's administration.
Death and legacy[change | change source]
Walker died in Washington D.C. on November 11, 1869. He is buried at Washington's Oak Hill cemetery. His son-in-law Benjamin H. Brewster became Attorney General under Chester A. Arthur. Many of his papers are held by the University of Pittsburgh. The University has put them online them.
References[change | change source]
- Gorzalski, Matt. "Robert J. Walker Papers Finding Aid". Archive Service Center, University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
- "Robert John Walker". Robinson Library. December 25, 2014. Archived from the original on September 20, 2016. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
- "Robert J. Walker". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
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