Walker, Francis Amasa, 1840-1897

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Birth 1840-07-02
Death 1897-01-05

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American economist and educator.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Boston, to the editors of The Critic [Jeannette L. and Joseph B. Gilder], 1884 Aug. 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 645501803

Lawyer, educator, and economist.

From the description of Francis Amasa Walker papers, 1878-1896. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70981602

American publicist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New Haven, Conn., to Mr. Wells, 1878 Apr. 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270586304

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2) : London, to Prof. Knight, 1886 Aug. 6 and 1888 Mar. 13. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270586308

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Office of Indian Affairs, to Gen. O.E. Babcock, 1872 Dec. 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270586301

Francis Amasa Walker, economist and author whose positions included Brigadier General in the Army of the Potomac, Superintedent of the U.S. Census, Professor of Economics at Yale, and President of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Published numerous books and articles.

Samuel Sydney McClure, founder, editor, and publisher of McClure's Magazine.

From the description of Letter to Mr. McClure and essay fragment, 1893 March 7, n.d. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 59227894

Francis Amasa Walker, 1840-1897, BA 1860, Amherst College, was the third president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Walker became MIT president November 10, 1881; he died in office on January 5, 1897.

Francis Walker was an economist, lecturer, educator, and historian. Among the positions that he held were that of Superintendent of the Bureau of the Census. He was superintendent of the United States Ninth Census, 1870-1872, and the United States Tenth Census, 1879-1881. From 1873 to 1881 Walker was also professor of political economy and history in the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale University. During the Civil War he served with the Union Army from 1861 to 1865 and was discharged with the rank of brevet brigadier general. From 1884 to 1888 he served as a Commissioner to the U.S. Geological Survery for a topicalgraphical survery of Massachusetts which resulted in the publication of the Atlas of Massachusetts . He served in many other civic roles including as a member of the Massachusetts State Board of Education and the state hospital board, and as commissioner to the World's Columbian Exposition.

From the guide to the Francis Amasa Walker papers, 1862-1897, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections)


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