Eliakim Persons Walton

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Eliakim Persons Walton
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Member of the
United States House of Representatives
from Vermont's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1863
Preceded by George Tisdale Hodges
Succeeded by Frederick E. Woodbridge
Member of the Vermont Senate
In office
1875
1877
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
1853
Personal details
Born (1812-02-17)February 17, 1812
Montpelier, Vermont, US
Died December 19, 1890(1890-12-19) (aged 78)
Montpelier, Vermont, US
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sarah Sophia Howes and Clara P. Snell Field[1]
Profession Politician, Journalist, Editor, Lawyer

Eliakim "E. P. Walton" Persons Walton (February 17, 1812 – December 19, 1890) was an American journalist, editor and politician. He served as a U.S. Representative from Vermont.

Biography[edit]

Walton was born in Montpelier, Vermont to Ezekiel Parker Walton and Prussia Persons. He attended the common schools and the Washington County, Vermont grammar school. He was apprenticed to a printer (publishing). He studied law under United States Senator Samuel Prentiss, a distant relative.[2] Walton was admitted to the bar,[3] but did not engage in the practice of law.

He was involved in journalism and was the editor of "Walton's Vermont Register".[4] He lived in Essex, New York from 1826 until 1827, and edited and printed his first newspaper in Essex, titled "The Essex County Republican".[5] Walton was the organizer and first president of the Editors and Publishers' Association, holding the office of president for more than twenty years.[6] After the retirement of his father, Eliakim Parker Walton, in 1853, he was sole proprietor of the "Vermont Watchman" until 1868.[7]

Walton was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives in 1853. He was elected as a Republican candidate to the Thirty-fifth, Thirty-sixth, and Thirty-seventh Congresses, serving from March 4, 1857 until March 3, 1863.[8] He declined to be a candidate for reelection and returned to his editorial and literary labors.

In 1864, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention,[9] and served as a member of the State constitutional convention in 1870.[10] He served in the Vermont State Senate in 1875 and 1877,[11] and was a trustee of the University of Vermont and of the Vermont State Agricultural College from 1875 until 1887. He served as president of the Vermont Historical Society from 1876 until 1890. He edited Volume II of the "Collections of the Vermont Historical Society", including the Haldimand Negotiations papers, and edited eight volumes of "Records of the Governor and Council."[12]

Personal life[edit]

Walton married Sarah Sophia Howes. Following Sarah's death, he married Clara P. Snell Field.[13]

Death[edit]

Walton died on December 19, 1890 in Montpelier, Vermont. He is interred in Green Mount Cemetery in Montpelier.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eliakim Persons Walton (1812 - 1890)". Ancestry.com. Retrieved November 26, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Duffy, John J. (2003). The Vermont Encyclopedia. UPNE. p. 310. 
  3. ^ United States Government Printing Office (1918). Congressional serial set. United States Government Printing Office. p. 1087. 
  4. ^ Howard, R. H. Howard (1881). A History of New England: Containing Historical and Descriptive Sketches of the Counties, Cities and Principal Towns of the Six New England States, Including, in Its List of Contributors, More Than Sixty Literary Men and Women, Representing Every County in New England, Volume 2. Crcoker & Company. p. 336. 
  5. ^ "Eliakim Persons Walton". Our Family Tree. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ United States Congress (2005). Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005: The Continental Congress, September 5, 1774, to October 21, 1788, and the Congress of the United States, from the First Through the One Hundred Eighth Congresses, March 4, 1789, to January 3, 2005. United States Congress. p. 2113. 
  7. ^ "Obituaries: Eliakim P. Walton". Vermont Civil War. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Rep. Eliakim Walton". Govtrack.us. Archived from the original on March 8, 2016. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ United States Congress (1913). A Biographical congressional directory: with an outline history of the national congress, 1774-1911 : the Continental Congress, September 5, 1774 - October 21, 1788, the United States Congress , from the first to the sixty-second congress, March 4, 1789 - March 3, 1911. Government Printing Office. p. 1087. 
  10. ^ Hemenway, Abby Maria (1882). The History of the Town of Montpelier, Including that of the Town of East Montpelier, for the First One Hundred and Two Years. Abby Maria Hemenway. p. 273. 
  11. ^ Hemenway, Abby Maria (1882). The History of the Town of Montpelier, Including that of the Town of East Montpelier, for the First One Hundred and Two Years. Abby Maria Hemenway. p. 273. 
  12. ^ "Eliakim Walton". Find A Grave. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Eliakim Persons Walton (1812 - 1890)". Ancestry.com. Retrieved November 26, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Walton, Eliakim Persons (1812-1890)". The Political Graveyard. Archived from the original on November 18, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George T. Hodges
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's 1st congressional district

1857-1863
Succeeded by
Frederick E. Woodbridge