Date Original



This collection contains typescripts of business, court, and personal correspondence sent to David Walker. Also included is a short biography of Walker.

Biographical/Historical Note

David Walker (1806-1879), a Kentucky native, moved to Arkansas in 1830, and studied law under Benjamin Johnson and Edward Cross. He settled in Fayetteville, Washington County, where he acquired a large amount of land and many slaves. He was elected circuit attorney in 1832. In 1833, he returned to Kentucky to marry Jane Lewis Washington. He was an important figure in Arkansas politics, and an active member of the Whigs until they went defunct in the 1850s. In 1835, he was elected to the territorial legislature. In 1836, he served at the Constitutional Convention that created the state's first constitution. He was elected state senator in 1840. From 1848 to 1855, Walker served on the Arkansas Supreme Court. Although he opposed secession, he was elected to the Secession Convention and became its president. During the Civil War, Walker served on a Confederate military court. In 1866, he was elected chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. He remained active in politics until his death in 1879.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Kentucky





Resource Type



David Walker papers, SMC.019.003


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

David Walker papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas


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