Walter L. Sessions

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Walter L. Sessions, Congressman from New York

Walter Loomis Sessions (October 4, 1820 in Brandon, Rutland County, Vermont – May 27, 1896 in Panama, Chautauqua County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.

Life[edit]

The family removed to Chautauqua County. He attended the common schools and Westfield Academy. Then he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1849, and commenced practice in Panama.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1853 and 1854; and was one of the Managers at the Impeachment trial of Canal Commissioner John C. Mather in 1853.

Sessions was a member of the New York State Senate (32nd D.) in 1860, 1861; Supervisor of the Town of Harmony in 1863 and 1864; and again a member of the State Senate in 1866 and 1867.

Sessions was elected as a Republican to the 42nd and 43rd United States Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1871, to March 3, 1875. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law.

Sessions was elected to the 49th United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1885, to March 3, 1887. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law in Jamestown and Panama. He was appointed Commissioner of the State of New York to the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago, Illinois, in 1893.

He was buried at the Forest Hill Cemetery.

State Senator Loren B. Sessions (1827–1897) was his brother.

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Austin Smith
New York State Assembly
Chautauqua County, 1st District

1853–1854
Succeeded by
Samuel S. Whallon
New York State Senate
Preceded by
John P. Darling
New York State Senate
32nd District

1860–1861
Succeeded by
Horace C. Young
Preceded by
Norman M. Allen
New York State Senate
32nd District

1866–1867
Succeeded by
Lorenzo Morris
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Porter Sheldon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 31st congressional district

1871–1873
Succeeded by
Lyman K. Bass
Preceded by
Elbridge G. Spaulding
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 32nd congressional district

1873–1875
Succeeded by
Lyman K. Bass
Preceded by
Lorenzo Burrows
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 34th congressional district

1885–1887
Succeeded by
William G. Laidlaw