Samuel H. Walley

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Samuel Hurd Walley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1853 – March 4, 1855
Preceded by Lorenzo Sabine
Succeeded by Linus Bacon Comins
Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
1844–1846
Preceded by Thomas Kinnicut
Succeeded by Ebenezer Bradbury
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
Norfolk District
In office
1840–1846
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
Norfolk District
In office
1836–1836
Personal details
Born (1805-08-31)August 31, 1805
Died August 27, 1877(1877-08-27) (aged 71)
Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts, US
Resting place Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Mehetable Sumner Bates, d. December 2, 1853.[1]
Ann Gray Hawes[2]
Children Henshaw Bates Walley, William Phillips Walley
Alma mater Harvard, 1826
Profession Attorney, Banker

Samuel Hurd Walley (August 31, 1805 – August 27, 1877) was a Massachusetts businessman and politician who served as Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and as a member of the U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Early life[edit]

Walley was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Samuel Hall Walley and Miriam (Phillips) Walley.[3] Walley was the grandson of William Phillips, Jr., Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 1812 to 1823.[4]

Family[edit]

Walley was married twice. Walley married his first wife Mehetable Sumner Bates on October 14, 1829, they had ten children, Mehetable Walley died December 2, 1853.[1] Walley's second wife was Ann Gray Hawes.[5]

Education[edit]

Walley attended the common schools and Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. Walley attended Yale College in 1822. Walley entered Harvard at the beginning of his sophomore year.[6] Walley graduated from Harvard in 1826.

Business career[edit]

After he left college Walley studied law and was admitted[6] to the Suffolk bar in 1831. Walley practiced in Boston and Roxbury.

Walley engaged in banking, he took a prominent part in the organization of the Suffolk Savings Bank.[6] Walley was involved in the creation of the Revere National Bank, and from 1870 until his death he served as its first President.[6]

Walley was involved in railroad development he was the Treasurer of the Vermont Central Railroad, treasurer of the Ogdensburg railroad and a promoter and first treasurer of the Wisconsin Central Railroad.[6]

Political Offices[edit]

Walley served as member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1836 and 1840–1846, serving as speaker 1844-1846. Walley served as a Corporate member of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions 1848-1867.

Walley was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1855). Walley was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1854 to the Thirty-fourth Congress. Walley was an unsuccessful Whig candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in 1855.

Death and burial[edit]

Walley died at Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts, on August 27, 1877. He was interred in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Field, David D. (1863), Brief memoirs of the members of the class graduated at Yale College in September, 1802., Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, p. 65 
  2. ^ Memorial Biographies of the New England Historic Genealogical Society: 1871-1880 v. 7, Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, v. 7 - 1907, p. 259  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Winsor, Justin (1886), The Memorial History of Boston By Justin Winsor Volume II The Provincial Period, Boston, MA: Ticknor and Company, p. 552 
  4. ^ Peabody, Andrew Preston (1890), Harvard graduates whom I have known, Cambridge, MA: The Riverside Press, p. 214 
  5. ^ Memorial Biographies of the New England Historic Genealogical Society: 1871-1880 v. 7, Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1907, p. 259 
  6. ^ a b c d e Peabody, Andrew Preston (1890), Harvard graduates whom I have known, Cambridge, MA: The Riverside Press, p. 215 

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