Gilbert Carlton Walker
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Virginia's 3rd district
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1879
|Preceded by||John A. Smith|
|Succeeded by||Joseph E. Johnston|
|Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor|
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1877
|Preceded by||James Monroe|
|Succeeded by||John Goode, Jr.|
|36th Governor of Virginia|
September 21, 1869 – January 1, 1874
Provisional Governor from September 21, 1869 – January 1, 1870
|Lieutenant||John F. Lewis|
John Lawrence Marye, Jr.
|Preceded by||Henry H. Wells (as Provisional Governor)|
|Succeeded by||James L. Kemper|
|Born||August 1, 1833|
Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania
|Died||May 11, 1885 (aged 51)|
New York, New York
|Resting place||Spring Forest Cemetery, Binghamton, New York|
|Political party||Republican (before 1870)|
|Democratic (after 1870)|
|Alma mater||Hamilton College|
Gilbert Carlton Walker (August 1, 1833 – May 11, 1885) was a United States political figure. He served as the 36th Governor of Virginia, first as a Republican provisional governor between 1869 and 1870, and again as a Democratic elected governor from 1870 to 1874. He was the last Republican governor of Virginia until Linwood Holton took office in 1970.
Early and family life
Walker studied law in 1854 and was admitted to the bar in 1855. He practiced in Owego, Broome County, New York, from 1855 to 1859 and in Chicago from 1859 to 1864. He moved to Norfolk, Virginia, in 1864 and practiced law and banking.
Walker served as Governor of Virginia from 1869 to 1874. He also served as a Democrat in the Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses. In the Forty-fourth Congress he was chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor. He did not stand for reelection in 1878.
Walker settled in Binghamton, New York, in 1879 and resumed his private legal practice. He moved to New York City in 1881 and served as president of the New York Underground Railroad Company.
Death and legacy
He died in New York City. His remains were returned to Binghamton for interment in Spring Forest Cemetery.
- 1869; Walker was elected Governor of Virginia with 54.15% of the vote, defeating fellow Republican Henry H. Wells.
Walker was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 55.33% of the vote, defeating Republican Rush Bargess and Independent R.A. Paul.
- 1876; Walker was re-elected with 53.64% of the vote, defeating Republican Charles S. Mills.
- United States Congress. "Gilbert Carlton Walker (id: W000054)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- A Guide to the Governor Gilbert Carlton Walker Executive Papers, 1869-1873 at The Library of Virginia
|Party political offices|
Title last held byJohn Letcher
| Democratic nominee for Governor of Virginia
James L. Kemper
Henry H. Wells
as Provisional Governor
| Governor of Virginia
James L. Kemper
| Chairman of House Education and Labor Committee
John Goode, Jr.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
John A. Smith
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd congressional district
Joseph E. Johnston