WALKER, Benjamin, (1753 - 1818)


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.