James D. Walker

James David Walker ( * December 13, 1830 near Russellville, Kentucky, USA, † October 17, 1906 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States ) was an American politician and U.S. Senator from Arkansas 1879-1885 He was also a member. the Democratic Party.


James David Walker was born on December 13, 1830 near Russellville, Kentucky. He attended private schools, followed by the Ozark Institute and the Arkansas College, both in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Then in 1847 he moved permanently to Arkansas, where he began to study law. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1850 and then began practicing in Fayetteville. For some time he also served as a judge of the 4th judicial district.

After the outbreak of the American Civil War, Walker served with the rank of colonel in the 4th Regiment of the Arkansas Infantry. He was captured in 1861 at Oak Hills, Missouri and spent two years as a prisoner of war.

After the defeat of the Confederate States of America in 1865, he returned to Fayetteville and began to practice law again. He soon became Solicitor General of the State.

Later he decided to pursue a political career. He joined the election of 1876 as a Democratic elector. He was then elected as representatives of the State of Arkansas in the U.S. Senate, where he served from 1879 to 1885. He refused to let up once again for re-election in 1884. After his tenure in the U.S. Senate, he returned to Fayetteville, where he began his work as a lawyer again.

James David Walker died on October 17, 1906 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was buried in the Walker Cemetery.


James David Walker is the nephew of Finis Ewing McLean, a deputy of the State of Kentucky in the United States Congress.