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ⓘ Robert J. Walker. Robert John Walker was an American lawyer, economist and politician. He was in the Democratic Party. He was a senator from Mississippi from 18 ..




Robert J. Walker
                                     

ⓘ Robert J. Walker

Robert John Walker was an American lawyer, economist and politician. He was in the Democratic Party. He was a senator from Mississippi from 1835 until 1845. He was the Secretary of the Treasury from 1845 to 1849 under President James K. Polk. He was the Territorial Governor of Kansas in 1857.

                                     

1. Career

Secretary of the Treasury 1845-1849

President Polk asked Walker to become U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Walker was the Treasury Secretary during all of Polks presidency.

As Treasury Secretary, Walker was responsible for financing the Mexican–American War. However, he did not do a very good job.

In 1853, President Franklin Pierce asked Walker if he wanted to be the United States Minister to China, but Walker said no.

Kansas Territorial Governor 1857

He was chosen to be governor of Kansas Territory on May 27, 1857 by President James Buchanan. However, he quit in December 1857. He quit because of he didnt agree with the Lecompton Constitution. In a resignation letter to Secretary of State Lewis Cass dated December 15, 1857, he said his reasons for quitting was because clear voting fraud and improper political pressure from Franklin Pierces administration.

                                     

2. Death and legacy

Walker died in Washington D.C. on November 11, 1869. He is buried at Washingtons Oak Hill cemetery. His son-in-law Benjamin H. Brewster became Attorney General under Chester A. Arthur. Many of his papers are held by the University of Pittsburgh. The University has put them online them.