Col. Samuel Polk Walker

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Wednesday, July 6, 1932

Col. S. P. Walker Active In Politics

Pioneer Figure In Western Democracy Dies Yesterday of Stomach Ailment - Was Born In White House.

Colonel Sam P. Walker, a prominent figure in politics and business in the early days of the western country, a member of a distinguished family of the south and who served with the confederate army in the Civil war died at St. Joseph's hospital at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon of stomach trouble. He was taken to the hospital dangerously ill one week ago.

Born in the White House June 4, 1845, when James K. Polk was president, to whom his father was private secretary, he was educated in that city and following the war he traveled the south as representative of the Wells Fargo Express company and when about 30 years old he came west and was their agent in Nevada and other western states. About 50 years ago he located at San Francisco as manager for large interests of the east and while in California he managed the campaign of Leland Stanford in a successful race for United States senator.

35 Years Worked Here.

Colonel Walker came to this section about 35 years ago. He lived at Asotin for several years, later at Nezperce and about 25 years ago came to this city. He was active in democratic politics during his residence in the county while in the insurance business. He was a member of the Elks lodge.

His wife died about one year ago at Seattle. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. N. K. Henvis, Los Angeles, who will probably be unable to come for the funeral on account of the illness of her husband.

The body is resting at the Vassar parlors. Funeral arrangements have not been made.

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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