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WALKER, Benjamin

1753–1818

Biography

WALKER, Benjamin, a Representative from New York; born in London, England, in 1753; attended the Blue-Coat School; immigrated to the United States and settled in New York City; served in the Revolutionary War as aide-de-camp to General von Steuben and subsequently as a member of the staff of General Washington; naval officer of customs at the port of New York from March 21, 1791, to February 20, 1798; moved to Fort Schuyler (now Utica), N.Y., in 1797; agent of the great landed estate of the Earl of Bath; elected as a Federalist to the Seventh Congress (March 4, 1801-March 3, 1803); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1802; died in Utica, N.Y., January 13, 1818; interment in the Old Village Burying Ground on Water Street; reinterment, June 17, 1875, in Forest Hill Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Boston Athenaeum

Boston, MA
Papers: 1794, 1 item. A letter from Harrison Otis to Benjamin Walker written on October 23, 1794. In the letter, Harrison Otis writes concerning a real estate transaction.

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 12 items.

Brown University
John Hay Library

Providence, RI
Papers: 1791, 6 items. A letter from Joel Barlow to Colonel Benjamin Walker written on October 19, 1791. In the letter, Joel Barlow writes a bitter complaint about treatment at the hands of his former employer, William Duer, chief perpetrator of the Scioto land scandal.

Connecticut Historical Society

Hartford, CT
Papers: In the Lovell Elliott Autograph Collection, 1780-1853, 17 items. Persons represented include Benjamin Walker.

The Copley Press
J.S. Copley Library

La Jolla, CA
Papers: n.d., 1 page. A letter from Friedrich Steuben to Benjamin Walker. In the letter, Friedrich Steuben refers to his treatment by Congress. He forwards some letter (not present) to Walker, asking for a reply. He refers to his "miserable situation" and hopes with all his heart his present letter will be the last one he has to write on the particular subject. "It is contrary to my nature to flatter those people who have treated me with injustice."
Papers: 1780, 2 pages. A letter from Friedrich Steuben to Benjamin Walker written on February 14, 1780. In the letter, Friedrich Steuben writes: "I am very surprised that the General-in-Chief [Washington] trusts the arrogant arrangements of Col. Williams ..." He continues: "But I am afraid my friend that my reign is not anymore of this world. My letter of resignation to the Congress is in front of me on the table. I wanted to present it today but I promised a friend that I will send it in two days."

Dartmouth College
Rauner Special Collections Library

Hanover, NH
Papers: 1783, 2 pages. A letter from William North to Benjamin Walker written on October 12, 1783. In the letter, William North discusses military and personal matters and mentions Martha Washington.
Papers: 1784, 1 page. An order to pay a sum of money to Christopher Colles, dated August 1, 1784, addressed to Benjamin Walker.
Papers: 1786, 1 page. A letter from William North to Benjamin Walker written on February 5, 1786. In the letter, William North discusses financial matters and states that he is going to Carolina.
Papers: 1794, 1 page. A letter from Patrick Colquhoun to Benjamin Walker written on December 15, 1794. In the letter, Patrick Colquhoun acknowledges Walker's statement that he has forwarded papers relating to lands in America for which he is acting as agent.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1785-1792, 2 items. The first letter is from Benjamin Walker to Baron Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin von Steuben written on January 26, 1785. In the letter, Benjamin Walker writes regarding financial matters. A second letter is from Benjamin Walker to Andrew Craigie written on September 25, 1792. In the letter, Benjamin Walker writes concerning land transactions in New York and the influx of German and Irish immigrants there.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 1780-1819. 68 items.

Rosenbach Museum & Library

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1783, 1 item. A letter from George Washington to Timothy Pickering written on July 26, 1783. In the letter, George Washington Orders a number of batteaux to be put in repair for transporting supplies to the garrisons on the western waters. The body of the letter is in the hand of Benjamin Walker, with a postscript in the hand of David Humphreys. Other authors include Benjamin Walker.
Papers: 1790, 1 item. A letter from William Duer to Benjamin Walker written on November 30, 1790. In the letter, William Duer writes concerning the financial difficulties of the Scioto Land Company, in which Duer was deeply involved. Duer has gone deeply into debt because of confidence placed in Joel Barlow, and he asks Walker to help him recover money from Barlow and raise more from other sources.
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