Walter Foxcroft Hawkins

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Walter Foxcroft Hawkins
Walter F. Hawkins.png
4th Mayor of
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Preceded by John Crawford Crosby
Succeeded by William W. Whiting
Personal details
Born July 12, 1863
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Died December 28, 1922
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Spouse(s) Helen A. Rich, married October 7, 1891
Alma mater Williams College A.B., 1884; Columbia Law School, LL.B. 1886.
Profession Attorney

Walter Foxcroft Hawkins (July 12, 1863 – December 28, 1922) was an American attorney and local political figure who, from 1896 to 1897, served as mayor of Pittsfield, the largest city and county seat of Massachusetts' Berkshire County.

A native of Pittsfield, Hawkins was the son of William T. Hawkins and his wife Harriet E. Foxcroft.[1] He received his A.B. from Williams College in 1884 and his L.L.B. from Columbia Law School in 1886. Following his bar exams, he opened a law firm in his hometown and, on October 7, 1891, married Helen A. Rich. Following his 1896–97 term as mayor, he continued with his law practice and also served as vice president of Berkshire Life Insurance Company. At the age of 59, he committed suicide at his law office in Pittsfield by shooting himself through the heart with a revolver.[2]

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  1. ^ Albert Nelson Marquis Albert Nelson Marquis (1915), Who's who in New England, Volume 3. Second Edition, HAWKINS, Walter Foxcroft, Chicago, Il.: A. N. Marquis & Company, p. 525. 
  2. ^ Boston Globe (December 29, 1922), FORMER MAYOR KILLS HIMSELF Walter F. Hawkins, Leading Pittsfield Lawyer Found Dead in Chair With Revolver on Floor Vice President Berkshire Life Insurance Co, Boston, Ma.: The Boston Globe, p. 1. 
Political offices
Preceded by
John Crawford Crosby
Mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Succeeded by
William W. Whiting