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WALLS, Josiah Thomas, a Representative from Florida; born in Winchester, Frederick County,
Va., December 30, 1842; received a limited schooling; engaged in truck farming;
moved to Florida; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1868;
served in the State senate 1869-1872; presented credentials as a Member-elect
to the Forty-second Congress and served from March 4, 1871, to January 29,
1873, when he was succeeded by Silas L. Niblack, who contested his election;
elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3,
1875); presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Forty-fourth Congress and
served from March 4, 1875, to April 19, 1876, when he was succeeded by Jesse J.
Finley, who contested his election; resumed his occupation as truck farmer;
died in Tallahassee, Fla., May 15, 1905; interment in the Negro Cemetery.
BibliographyJosiah Thomas Walls in
Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the
direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History
& Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government
Printing Office, 2008; Klingman, Peter D.
Josiah Walls, Floridas Black Congressman of Reconstruction.
Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1976.