Walker, Stephen Ambrose
Age: 0, credited to Pittsford, VT
Service: comn 11/1/62; Bv. LTC, USV, 11/24/65, for faithful and meritorious service; m/o 2/15/66
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Birth: 11/02/1835, Unknown
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Pittsford, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 37958427
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Evergreen Cemetery, Pittsford, VT
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Stephen A. Walker
New York Times, Feb. 7, 1893:
The announcement of the death of Stephen A. Walker, Sunday night, at the house of his brother, 8 East Thirtieth Street, was received yesterday with much surprise and regret by Mr. Walker's friends. A week ago he was at his office attending to business as usual, and he visited the Lawyers' Club as recently as last Tuesday. He became suddenly ill about 3 o'clock Wednesday morning with an attack which speedily developed into pneumonia, and did not again leave his bed.
Yesterday afternoon the funeral arrangements were completed. The service will take place at 4 o'clock today at the University Place Presbyterian Church, of which Mr. Walker was a Trustee. The Rev. Dr. Alexander will conduct the services, and the pall bearers will be Charles S. Fairchild, Augustus C. Brown, George W. Van Slyck, Charles C. Beaman, Alexander E. Orr, Joseph Park, Wheeler H. Peckham, and William Lummis. Tomorrow the body will be sent to Pittsford, Vt., for burial.
Mr. Walker was one of the best known lawyers in the city. He had enjoyed for some years an extensive practice, and recently had appeared often in the courts. He always displayed, moreover, an active interest in matters not connected with his practice. He was a member of the Tilden Library Trust, and gave much of his time to the consideration of measures for carrying out this charity. Of late Mr. Walker had given a good deal of attention to the construction of a library building, and one of his last published utterances was in favor of the preservation of the present City Hall on a new site for the use of the library.
His interest in educational matters began early in life. It was developed into useful activity in 1875, when he was appointed to the Board of Education. In the following year he was elected President of the board, and held that position continuously until his appointment as United States District Attorney for this district by Mr. Cleveland in 1885. While President of the Board of Education he was nominated by the County Democracy for Surrogate. His opponents in that campaign were Daniel G. Rollins and Delano C. Calvin. Mr. Rollins had 54, 827 votes; Mr. Calvin 46, 096; and Mr. Walker polled 43,014. He served acceptably in the position of United States District Attorney, and at the close of his term he resumed his private practice as a lawyer.
Mr. Walker was fifty-seven years old, having been born in Brattleborough, Vt., Nov. 2, 1835. He was the son of a Congregational minister. In 1858 he was graduated from Middlebury College, Vermont. He went to Ohio at the close of his college course as a school teacher, and was afterward Principal of a seminary at Binghamton, N.Y. While thus engaged he entered the law office of Daniel S. Dickinson, and was admitted to the bar in Broome County in 1861. Soon after the outbreak of the war he entered the Army as Paymaster, serving through the war in Virginia and in the Department of the Gulf.
At the close of the war he came to this city and attended the lectures in the Law Department of Columbia College to refresh his knowledge of law. Then he became a member of the firm of Buckham, Smales and Walker. The senior member of the firm retired and in a few years Mr. Smales died. From that time Mr. Walker conducted the law business alone. He was a member and officer of the Bar Association and belonged to the University and Lawyers' Clubs. He was a bachelor and made his home with his brother, Dr. Walker.
Another brother, Dr. George L. Walker, is living in Connecticut. His sister is the wife of Prof. George Nye Boardman of the Union Park Theological Seminary, Chicago. Commissioners Miles M. O'Brien, William Lummis, R. Duncan Harris, Randolph Guggenheimer, Charles L. Holt, Thaddeus Moriarty, and Adolph L. Sanger have been appointed a committee of the Board of Education to attend the funeral. The Bar Association will be represented by its officers and Executive Committee.
Contributed by Jen Snoots.