Amasa Walker

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Amasa Walker
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 9th district
In office
December 1, 1862 – March 3, 1863
Preceded by Goldsmith Bailey
Succeeded by William B. Washburn
Delegate to the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention of 1853
In office
May 4, 1853 – August 1, 1853
Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
January 1860 – January 1861
11th Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
In office
1851–1853
Preceded by William B. Calhoun
Succeeded by Ephraim M. Wright
Massachusetts State Senate
In office
January 1850 – January 1851
Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
January 1850 – January 1850
Personal details
Born May 4, 1799
Woodstock, Connecticut
Died October 29, 1875(1875-10-29) (aged 76)
North Brookfield, Massachusetts
Political party Jacksonian Democrats, Liberty Party 1844, Free Soil Party 1848, Republican 1856
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Amasa Walker (May 4, 1799 Woodstock, Connecticut – October 29, 1875 North Brookfield, Massachusetts) was an American economist and United States Representative, and the father of Francis Amasa Walker.

Biography[edit]

He moved with his parents to North Brookfield, Massachusetts, and attended the district school. In 1814 he entered commercial life, and in 1820 formed a partnership with Allen Newell in North Brookfield, but three years later withdrew to become the agent of the Methuen Manufacturing Company. In 1825 he formed the firm of Carleton and Walker, of Boston, with Charles G. Carleton, but in 1827 he went into business independently.

He was a delegate to the 1836 Democratic National Convention. In 1839, he became president of the Boston Temperance Society, the first total abstinence association in that city, and in 1839 he advocated a continuous railway between Boston and the Mississippi River. In 1840 he retired from commercial life and went into academia.

In 1842–1848 he lectured on political economy at Oberlin College, in 1853–1860 he was an examiner on political economy at Harvard, and in 1859–1869 lecturer on political economy at Amherst College. The degree of LL.D. was conferred on him by Amherst in 1867.

He was a frequent contributor to periodical literature, especially on financial subjects. His principal work, Science of Wealth, a Manual of Political Economy, was published in 1866. Other works were Nature and Uses of Money and Mixed Currency (Boston, 1857) and, with William B. Calhoun and Charles L. Flint, Transactions of the Agricultural Societies of Massachusetts (7 vols., 1848–1854). In 1857 he began the publication of a series of articles on political economy in Hunt's Merchant's Magazine.

He was active in the anti-slavery movement, and in 1848 he was one of the founders of the Free Soil Party. Walker served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1849 and 1860, in the Massachusetts State Senate in 1850, as Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth 1851–1853, and in the United States House of Representatives 1862–1863, where he was elected as a Republican to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Goldsmith Bailey.

In 1853 he was chosen a member of the convention for revising the state constitution, becoming the chairman of the committee on suffrage. In 1860 he was chosen a member of the electoral college of Massachusetts, and cast his ballot for Abraham Lincoln.

Walker was a delegate to the first International Peace Congress in London of 1843, and he served at the Paris Congress in 1849.

Walker died in North Brookfield on October 29, 1875. His interment was in Maple Street Cemetery.

Books[edit]

  • The Science of Wealth: A Manual of Political Economy. Embracing the Laws of Trade, Currency, and Finance, Boston, Mass.: Little, Brown & Co. (1866).

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Political offices
Preceded by
William B. Calhoun
11th Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
1851–1853
Succeeded by
Ephraim M. Wright