Date Original



This collection contains one telegram from David Walker to Jesse Burner announcing the call for a secession convention in 1861.

Biographical/Historical Note

David Walker (1806-1879), a Kentucky native, moved to Arkansas in 1830, and studied law under Judge Benjamin Johnson and Judge Edward Cross. He settled in Fayetteville, Washington County, where he acquired lots 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 state 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 on the Constitutional Convention that wrote the state's first constitution. He was elected State Senator in 1840. From 1848 to1855, he served as associate justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. Although he opposed secession, he was elected to the Secession Convention and became its president. During the Civil War, he was appointed as colonel to the Confederate military court. In 1866, he was elected as 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 telegram, SMC.025.005


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

David Walker telegram, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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