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 Eliakim Persons “E.P. Jr.” Walton

Eliakim Persons “E.P. Jr.” Walton

Birth
Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont, USA
Death 19 Dec 1890 (aged 78)
Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont, USA
Burial Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 22702 · View Source
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Vermont Congressman. President, Vermont Historical Society. Son of Ezekiel P. Walton, prominent political activist, printer and militia General. Also known as E.P. Walton, as was his father, and as E.P. Walton, Jr. Twice compiled data that was used to prevent Vermont from losing US House seats during reapportionment. Attended local schools and Washington County Grammar School. Apprenticed as printer and newspaper publisher in Vermont and Essex County, New York. Studied law with US Senator and federal Judge Samuel Prentiss, but did not practice. Worked in father's printing and papermaking business. Married Sarah Sophia Howes. Newspaper publisher, author and historian. Editor and publisher, "Walton's Vermont Register and Farmer's Almanac." Organizer and first President, Editors and Publishers Association. Published Vermont Watchman newspaper in partnership with father until 1853, then as sole publisher until 1868. Agent to solicit Boston investors in Central Vermont Railroad, successfully raising more than $1,500,000 to be used for construction. Vermont House, 1853. Elected to Congress as a Republican, 1856, serving March 4, 1857 to March 3, 1863. Declined to be a candidate for reelection. Delegate, Republican National Convention, 1864. Returned to editing and writing. Delegate, state constitutional convention, 1870. Vermont Senate, 1874-78. Trustee, University of Vermont, 1875-1887. President, Vermont Historical Society, 1876-90. Wife died September 3, 1880. Married Clara P. (Snell) Field of Columbus, Ohio, October 19, 1882. Edited Volume II of Vermont Historical Society collections, including Haldimand Negotiations papers and eight volumes of "Records of the Governor and Council." Was still editing VHS papers and serving as society President at the time of his death.

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  • Added: 11 Jun 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22702
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eliakim Persons “E.P. Jr.” Walton (17 Feb 1812–19 Dec 1890), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22702, citing Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .