BROOKE, Walker, (1813 - 1869)

Senate Years of Service: 1852-1853
Party: Whig

Mississippi Department of Archives and History

BROOKE, Walker, a Senator from Mississippi; born at Page Brooke, near Winchester, Clarke County, Va., December 25, 1813; attended the public schools in Richmond, Va., and Georgetown, D.C.; graduated from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1835; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1838 and commenced practice in Lexington, Miss.; member, State house of representatives 1848; member, State senate 1850 and 1852; elected as a Whig to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Henry S. Foote and served from February 18, 1852, to March 3, 1853; was not a candidate for reelection; resumed the practice of law; moved to Vicksburg, Miss., in 1857 and continued the practice of law; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1861; became affiliated with the Democratic Party in 1861; elected a member of the Provisional Confederate Congress from Mississippi in 1861 and served one year; appointed a member of the permanent military court of the Confederate States; died in Vicksburg, Miss., February 18, 1869; interment in Vicksburg Cemetery.