Eighth Governor of Florida, 1865-1868. After coming to Leon County in 1837, he studied law. He began his political career in 1845 in Florida’s first state legislature. In the lead-up to the Civil War, Walker opposed secession, but supported Florida when it left the Union. Walker was appointed governor of Florida in 1865. His administration had the task of restoring government during the years in which Florida was occupied by federal troops after the Civil War. His greatest achievement lay in his effort to establish public education in Florida. He also helped to establish a new public library system in the state. After his term as governor, Walker returned to his law practice. In 1878 he was appointed circuit court judge and remained in that post until his death.
Bio by: Rattlebox
AN HONEST MAN