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Amasa Walker

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 9th district
In office
December 1, 1862 – March 3, 1863
Preceded by Goldsmith Bailey
Succeeded by William B. Washburn

In office
May, 4, 1853 – August 1, 1853

In office
January 1860 – January 1861

In office
1852 – 1854
Preceded by William B. Calhoun
Succeeded by Ephraim M. Wright

In office
January 1850 – January 1851

In office
January 1850 – January 1850

Died North Brookfield Massachusetts
Political party Jacksonian Democrats, Liberty Party 1844, Free Soil Party 1848, Republican 1856

Amasa Walker was an American economist and United States Representative, and was the father of Francis Amasa Walker. He was born in Woodstock, Connecticut on May 4, 1799. He moved with his parents to North Brookfield, Massachusetts and attended the district school. From 1820 to 1840 he was engaged in business, retiring in 1840 from commercial life.

In 1842-1848 he lectured on political economy at Oberlin College, in 1853-1869 he was an examiner on political economy at Harvard, and in 1859-1869 lecturer on political economy at Amherst College. He was a frequent contributor to periodical literature, especially on financial subjects. His principal work was Science of Wealth, published in (1866).

He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1836. Walker was a delegate to the 1st International Peace Conference in London in 1843, and he served at the Paris conference in 1849. Walker was elected to several political offices, among them that of a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1849, a member of the Massachusetts State Senate in 1850, the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth (1851-1853), and a Representative in Congress (1862-1863). For his seat in the US House, he was elected as a Republican to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Goldsmith Bailey. Walker died in North Brookfield on October 29, 1875. His interment was in Maple Street Cemetery.


  • The Science of Wealth: A Manual of Political Economy. Embracing the Laws of Trade, Currency, and Finance, Boston, Mass.: Little, Brown & Co. (1866).


  1. ^ Gilman, Daniel Coit (1904), The New International Encyclopædia Vol. 17, New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead and Company, p. 474.  


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