C. Harding Walker

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C. Harding Walker
C Harding Walker 1912.jpg
President pro tempore
of the Senate of Virginia
In office
January 13, 1915 – January 14, 1920
Preceded by Edward Echols
Succeeded by Saxon W. Holt
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 34th district
In office
January 13, 1904 – January 14, 1920
Preceded by None (new district)
Succeeded by Thomas J. Downing
Personal details
Born Cyrus Harding Walker
(1859-01-27)January 27, 1859
Northumberland, Virginia, U.S.
Died February 23, 1934(1934-02-23) (aged 75)
Heathsville, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Rosa Starke
Alma mater University of Virginia
Religion Methodist

Cyrus Harding Walker (January 27, 1859 – February 23, 1934) was an American lawyer and Democratic politician. First elected to the Virginia Senate in 1898 after a brief stint in the House of Delegates, he went on to serve in this body for the next two decades. For the last five years of his tenure as the 34th district's senator, he was the President pro tempore of the Senate of Virginia.

Early life and education[edit]

Walker was born in Northumberland County, Virginia on January 27, 1859. He was the third child of William Wright Walker, an attorney, and Clara Rebecca Walker (née Harding). He received a law degree from the University of Virginia; while there, he was a member of the Eta chapter of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. Remaining active in the affairs of the school up until his death, he served on its Board of Visitors from 1917 to 1934 and as the rector from 1922 to 1930.


Delegate Walker, 1897

From 1883 to 1893, after graduating from law school, Walker taught at Davis Military School in North Carolina.

After being elected on the Democratic ticket in 1897 to the Virginia House of Delegates, Walker served one full two-year term, representing Northumberland and Westmoreland counties. As was typical in the late nineteenth to early twentieth century, the Democrats had an overwhelming majority in the state's legislature.

In 1898, Harding was elected to the Virginia Senate for King George, Richmond, Westmoreland, Northumberland, and Lancaster. By then a leader in local politics, he was selected to participate in the 1901-1902 Virginia Constitutional Convention. Around this time, when the General Assembly implemented numbered senatorial districts, he was assigned the 34th, which he represented up until his retirement. With the death of former lieutenant governor and then-senior senator Edward Echols, the office of President pro tempore was vacant. Walker was elected by his peers to take Echols's place.

Personal life[edit]

Walker married Mary Rosa Starke in 1887. The couple had two sons, Henry and George, and one daughter, Maria. Their historic home, Oakley, in Heathsville is on the National Register of Historic Places.


External links[edit]

  • C. Harding Walker at The Virginia Elections and State Elected Officials Database Project, 1776-2007

Virginia House of Delegates
Preceded by
Malcolm A. Coles
Virginia Delegate for
Northumberland and Westmoreland

Succeeded by
G. J. Gouldman
Senate of Virginia
Preceded by
John E. Mason
Virginia Senator for King George, Richmond,
Westmoreland, Northumberland, and Lancaster

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Virginia Senator for the 34th District
Succeeded by
Thomas J. Downing
Preceded by
Edward Echols
President pro tempore of the Senate of Virginia
Succeeded by
Saxon W. Holt