William B. Walton
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New Mexico's At-large district
March 4, 1917 – March 3, 1919
|Preceded by||Benigno C. Hernández|
|Succeeded by||Benigno C. Hernández|
|Born||January 23, 1871|
|Died||April 14, 1939 (aged 68)|
Silver City, New Mexico
|Occupation||lawyer, newspaper publisher, politician|
In 1891, he moved to Territory of New Mexico, where he studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1893 and commenced practice in Deming, New Mexico. He was the owner of the newspaper, the Silver City Independent, in nearby Silver City, where he would take up residence. Walton served as a member of the New Mexico Territorial Legislature in 1901 and 1902, then served as County Clerk of Grant County in 1903–1906.
After New Mexico became a state, Walton served in the New Mexico Senate in 1912–1916.
Walton was elected as a Democrat "At-Large" to the Sixty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1917 – March 3, 1919). He did not seek renomination, but was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1918.
He returned to Grant County and resumed practicing law in Silver City, New Mexico. On November 2, 1926, Walton was elected District Attorney of New Mexico's Sixth Judicial District, he was reelected in 1928 and served until 1932. He continued the practice of law until 1934 when he retired from active pursuits.
He had three children, Leona Walton Neblett (a talented concert violinist and violin teacher), Eda Lou Walton Mandell (a former member of the faculty of New York University, head of the English Department), and William B. Walton, Jr.
He died in Silver City on April 14, 1939, and was interred in the local Masonic Cemetery.
- United States Congress. "William B. Walton (id: W000117)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- William B. Walton at Find a Grave
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Benigno C. Hernández
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's at-large congressional district
Benigno C. Hernández
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