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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.

Guide to the Francis Amasa Walker Papers, 1862 – 1897, MC-0298

Prepared by the Institute Archives, November 1995; updated October 2020 by the Department of Distinctive Collections, MIT Libraries

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History of the Office of the MIT President