WALKER, James Alexander, (great grandfather of Manley C. Butler),
a Representative from Virginia; born near Mount Meridian, Augusta
County, Va., August 27, 1832; attended private schools, and was graduated from
Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., in 1852; studied law in the
University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1854 and 1855; was admitted to the
bar in 1856 and commenced practice in Newbern, Pulaski County, Va., in 1856;
attorney for the Commonwealth in 1860; entered the Confederate Army in April
1861 as captain of the Pulaski Guards, afterwards Company C, Fourth Virginia
Infantry, Stonewall Brigade; promoted to lieutenant colonel and assigned to the
Thirteenth Virginia Infantry in July 1861, becoming colonel in March 1862; was
promoted to brigadier general and assigned as commander of the Stonewall
Brigade in May 1863; member of the house of delegates of Virginia in 1871 and
1872; elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 1877; until 1893 was a member
of the Democratic Party; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and
Fifty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1899); chairman, Committee on
Elections No. 3 (Fifty-fifth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection
in 1898 to the Fifty-sixth Congress; resumed the practice of his profession;
died in Wytheville, Wythe County, Va., October 21, 1901; interment in East End
BibliographyCaldwell, Willie Walker.
Stonewell Jim: A Biography of General James A. Walker, C.S.A.
Elliston, Va.: Northcross House, 1990; Campbell, Edward C. James Alexander
Walker: A Biography. Masters thesis, Virginia Polytechnical Institute and
State University, 1972.