Walter S. Horton

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Walter S. Horton
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Walter S. Horton, 1880
BornDecember 3, 1857
DiedMarch 13, 1944(1944-03-13) (aged 86)
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Known forFootball player/Lawyer

Walter Shurts Horton (December 3, 1857 – March 13, 1944) was an American football player and lawyer. A native of Delavan, Illinois, Horton attended Princeton University and graduated in 1879.[1] He subsequently studied law at the University of Michigan, graduating from the Department of Law in 1882.[2] While attending Michigan, Horton played college football. He played at the halfback position for the 1880 team and was the team captain and quarterback for the 1881 Michigan Wolverines football team.[3] He was a prominent attorney in Illinois for some 50 years.[4] He was a delegate from Illinois to the 1908 Republican National Convention. From 1909 to 1928, he was the general counsel in Chicago for the Illinois Central Railroad.[4] He died in March 1944 at age 86 in Peoria, Illinois.[4] He was survived by two sons, Eugene Horton and Walter C. Horton.[4]


  1. ^ Catalogue of the College of New Jersey for the Academic Year 1878-'79. The Press Printing Establishment. 1878. p. 12.
  2. ^ The University Palladium, vol. 24. University of Michigan. 1882. p. 70.
  3. ^ "1881 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d "Walter S. Horton". Chicago Daily Tribune. March 14, 1944.