James B. Walker

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James B. Walker
13th Mayor of the City of Flint, Michigan
In office
Preceded by William S. Patrick
Succeeded by David Spencer Fox[1][2]
Personal details
Born 1812
Locke, Cayuga County, New York
Children Anna McCall[3]
Occupation clerk, banker
Profession Merchant

James B. Walker (1812–1877) was a Michigan politician.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Walker was born in 1812 in Locke, Cayuga County, New York. He came to Flint, Michigan in 1836 and began working in as a clerk in Beach & Wesson dry goods store. Later, H.M. Henderson's dry goods store employed him. From 1838 to 1842, Walker operated a mercantile business on the north side of the Flint River. He building and ran a store at the corner of Kearsley and Saginaw streets from 1842 to 1858.[3]

Political life[edit]

As the governor's appointed state resident trustee, he was in charge of deaf, dumb and blind asylum's construction and continued as a trustee of the asylum from 1858 to 1873.[3] He was elected as mayor of the City of Flint in 1870 serving a single 1-year term.[1][4] The first pavement on Saginaw Street was laid during his term as Mayor.[3]

Post-Political life[edit]

In 1872, Walker was the first president and director of the Genesee Savings Bank. Walker died in Flint, 1877.[3]

Political offices
Preceded by
William S. Patrick
Mayor of Flint
Succeeded by
David Spencer Fox


  1. ^ a b c Chapter XIII: Roster of City Officials. The History of Genesee County, MI.
  2. ^ a b List of Flint City Mayors. Political Graveyards.com
  3. ^ a b c d e Chapter XV: Banks and Banking, Part II The History of Genesee County, MI
  4. ^ Index to Politicians: Patakas to Pattersen -- Patrick, William S. Entry. Political Graveyards.com