Walter Hampden Overton

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Walter Hampden Overton
Born 1788
Louisa Court House, Virginia
Died 1845 (aged 56–57)
Alexandria, Louisiana
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1808-1815
Rank Major General

War of 1812

Other work politician

Walter Hampden Overton (1788–1845) was a U.S. Representative representing Louisiana's 3rd congressional district.

Personal life[edit]

He was born near Louisa Court House, Virginia in 1788. His father Thomas Overton moved the family to North Carolina when Walter was an infant, and then moved to Tennessee in 1801. Overton attended the common schools.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1808, and served in the War of 1812. He rose through the ranks to major in the Third Rifles on February 21, 1814. Major Overton was brevetted a lieutenant colonel on December 23, 1814, for actions at the Battle of New Orleans and transferred to the Artillery Corps in May, 1815 before resigning his commission on October 31, 1815. Later, he was commissioned a major general of militia by the Louisiana Legislature.

Overton settled near Alexandria, Louisiana in Rapides Parish and served as a member of courthouse building commission in 1820 and 1821, a member of the Commission on Navigation of Bayou Rapides in 1824.

Political career[edit]

Overton was elected as a Jacksonian Democrat to the Twenty-first Congress (March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1831). He succeeded three-term Whig William Leigh Brent, whose son James Fenwick Brent (1814-1847) married his daughter Laura Harriet Overton (1822-1844).[1] General Overton served one term and was not a candidate for renomination in 1830.

He returned to his plantation near Alexandria, Louisiana where he died on December 24, 1845.

Death and legacy[edit]

He was buried in McNutt Hill Cemetery in Rapides Parish. Thomas Overton Moore, Governor of Louisiana from 1860 to 1864, was his nephew; and the politician John Holmes Overton was his grandson. The politician Overton Brooks was his great-grandson.


  1. ^ David M. French, The Brent Family; the Carroll Families of Colonial Maryland (Alexandria, Virginia typescript copyright 1981) p. 87

Congressional Biography

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Leigh Brent
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 3rd congressional district

1829 – 1831
Succeeded by
Henry Adams Bullard