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William Hall Walker
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Birth: Sep. 12, 1812
Salem County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Sep. 9, 1870
Evansville
Vanderburgh County
Indiana, USA

Mayor of Evansville 1868 - 1870
Died in Office

The brother of Dr. Walker, was also born in Salem, New Jersey, on the 18th of September, 1812. Mr. Walker received his early education at Cincinnati, and in due course of time engaged in mercantile pursuits. He continued in this manner until the year 1845, when he was appointed Auditor of Vanderburgh County. So faithfully were the duties of this office discharged, that for seventeen years he was successively reelected. He was intimately associated, from 1845, with political movements and public enterprises. In the war he was a zealous supporter of the Union, and did all in his power to uphold the cause. He organized a company of home guards, and was elected its captain; he was also appointed by the County Commissioners, in the early part of the Rebellion, to go East to negotiate the purchase of arms for the protection of the county. In 1868 be was a candidate for Mayor of the city, against the late William Baker, and was elected to this high position. He was twice re-elected by the people, and died while in office, on the 9th of September, 1870.

During his administration many memorable local improvements were made. The High School building was built, also the Fulton Avenue Schoolhouse; the Water Works enterprise was commenced, and the system of underground drainage; the sewerage of the city was largely extended; the Evansville portion of the St. Louis and Southeastern Railroad was also projected and commenced during this period. In all these movements - although a majority of the City Council was opposed in politics to the policy of the Mayor, and maintained a most bitter opposition to it - their personal relations were on the most friendly and cordial basis; while his good intentions and high integrity were never so much as questioned.

On the 23d of May, 1836, soon after his arrival in Evansville, Mayor Walker was married to Miss Frances M. Spenning, who died a few weeks after the birth of her first child, in 1838. He was married a second time on September 15th, 1852, to Miss Elizabeth Ellison, of Mobile; and this lady died in 1857. Of the four children born to them, there were two girls and two boys - the youngest child living but a short time after the death of its mother.

Mayor Walker was beloved in every walk of life; his public integrity and private honesty were known to rich and poor alike, and a sorrow-stricken city followed his course to its last resting-place in Oak Hill Cemetery, and his name will ever be mentioned with reverence in this city.

Source:
Evansville and its Men of Mark
Edward White, Editor. Evansville, Ind.
Historical Publishing Company, 1873.
Pages 198-199
 
 
Burial:
Oak Hill Cemetery
Evansville
Vanderburgh County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Section 7, lot 2
 
Created by: Chris Myers
Record added: Jul 13, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20435631
William Hall Walker
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For an Evansville Mayor.
- John G. West
 Added: Feb. 5, 2009
 
 
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