Walter Gresham (Texas politician)

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Walter Gresham
Walter Gresham in 1893
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895
Preceded byJoseph D. Sayers
Succeeded byMiles Crowley
Personal details
Born(1841-07-22)July 22, 1841
King and Queen County, Virginia, U.S.
DiedNovember 6, 1920(1920-11-06) (aged 79)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Resting placeLakeview Cemetery, Galveston, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceBishop's Palace, Galveston, Texas, U.S.
EducationStevensville Academy and Edge Hill Academy
Alma materUniversity of Virginia
OccupationLawyer, politician

Walter Gresham (July 22, 1841 – November 6, 1920) was a U.S. Representative from Texas.


Born at "Woodlawn," near Newtown, King and Queen County, Virginia, Gresham attended Stevensville Academy and Edge Hill Academy, and graduated from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1863. He served as a private in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1867 and commenced practice in Galveston, Texas. He served as district attorney for the Galveston judicial district in 1872. He served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives 1886-1891.

Gresham was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress, and resumed the practice of law in Galveston, Texas. He died in Washington, D.C. on November 6, 1920, and was interred in Lakeview Cemetery, Galveston, Texas.

He built and resided in the stately Bishop's Palace in Galveston.


  • United States Congress. "Walter Gresham (id: G000452)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-04-29

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph D. Sayers (D)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 10th congressional district

Succeeded by
Miles Crowley (D)