Francis Amasa Walker, 1840-1897

Francis A. WalkerFrancis Amasa Walker, 1840-1897, A.B. 1860, Amherst College, was the third president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1881-1897. During the Civil War he was a staff officer with the Army of the Potomac, emerging a brevet brigadier general. He was superintendent of the Ninth Census, 1870-1872, and the Tenth Census, 1879-1881. In 1871-1872 he was also Commissioner of Indian Affairs. From 1873 to 1881 he was professor of political economy and history in the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale University.

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November 1995

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