Black and white sketch of David Walker, including biographical narrative.


Noble and upright judge

David Walker

Born 1806 on a farm in Todd County, Kentucky. Was self-educated…. Read law.. Was admitted to the bar in 1829… He moved to Arkansas 1830 and located at Fayetteville where he served two terms as prosecuting attorney… In 1836 he was a delegate to the constitutional convention and from 1840 to 1844 served in the state senate.... Walker was elected the supreme court bench 1848.. President of the secession convention 1861. After Reconstruction he was again called to the supreme court bench and served until 1878..

Outdoor court of pioneer days

In 1844 occurred the memorable race for congress between David Walker and Archibald Yell.. Walker's nomination by the Whigs caused Yell to resign as governor and run against Walker.. The latter depended on his powers of debate and oratory but Yell was a mixer, taking part in shooting matches in North Arkansas and camp-meetings...

...Yell was elected.. Judge Walker died at Fayettevill Sept. 30, 1879.

Physical Description

Document, 11" x 14"




MS.000379, Image 64

Resource Type



Walter J. Lemke drawings collection: biographical sketches, MS.000379


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

David Walker, Walter J. Lemke drawings collection: biographical sketches, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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