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Joseph Henry Walker (December 21, 1829 – April 3, 1907) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Worcester, Massachusetts.

Early life

Mrs Joseph H. Walker

He was born in Boston on December 21, 1829. He moved with his parents to Hopkinton and to Worcester. He attended the public schools and engaged in the manufacture of boots and shoes. He was a member of the common council of Worcester 1852–1854; Walker established the business of manufacturing leather in Chicago, Illinois in 1868.


He served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1899). He served as chairman of the Committee on Banking and Currency (Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1898 to the Fifty-sixth Congress.


Walker resumed his former business pursuits, and died in Worcester on April 3, 1907. His interment was in the Rural Cemetery. Walker Hall at Worcester Academy is named in his honor and service to the Academy.


  1. ^ Hall, J. Brainerd (January–December 1911). "Looking Down the Vista of Departed Years". Worcester Magazine. Retrieved 16 June 2011.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John E. Russell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 10th congressional district

March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1893
Succeeded by
Michael J. McEttrick
Preceded by
John F. Andrew
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1899
Succeeded by
John R. Thayer