John Williams Walker
(August 12, 1783 April 23, 1823) was an American politician, who served as the Democratic-Republican United States senator
from the state
, the first senator elected by that state.
Walker was born August 12, 1783 in Amelia County, Virginia
, of Scots-Irish
heritage, the son of Rev. Jeremiah Walker and Mary Jane Graves. He was educated at the prestigious Willington Academy of Dr. Moses Waddel
near Petersburg, Georgia
, and received degrees in 1806 and 1809 from Princeton University
. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar at Petersburg.
In 1808, Walker married Matilda Pope, daughter of LeRoy Pope
and Judith Sale, and in 1810, he followed his father-in-law to settle in the new town of Huntsville
, Mississippi Territory
), and there began the practice of law.
Upon the formation of the Alabama Territory
in 1817, Walker served as a representative from Madison County
to the first territorial legislature in 1818. In the second session, he served as speaker
. In 1819, he was president of the convention
that framed Alabama's first constitution
, which enabled Alabama's admission to the United States
On October 28, 1819, Walker was elected by an almost unanimous vote of the state legislature as the first United States senator from Alabama. He served from December 14, 1819 until... Read More