1861 - 1896 LARGE ARCHIVE OF ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPH LETTERS  SIGNED [ALS], HISTORICAL CIVIL WAR DOCUMENTS AND EPHEMERA SENT TO FRANCIS AMASA WALKER NOTED CIVIL WAR GENERAL, YALE ECONOMIST AND PRESIDENT OF THE MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY [MIT]1515
On offer is a super, large archive of circa 1861 - 1896 historical manuscript letters, documents and ephemera all providing an interesting and intimate look into the work, life and academic affairs of Francis Amasa Walker (1840-1897) noted Civil War general, Yale economist, Superintendent of the 1880 census, and President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT]. He was the son of renowned economist Amasa Walker. (A brief biography is at the end of this listing.) The archive is comprised 76 autograph letters signed [ALSs] received and 14 Civil War documents, most signed as follows: A) His correspondence encompasses academics, politicians, military leaders, and literary figures. Some of the many prominent correspondents included in this archive are: Schuyler Colfax (2 letters as Vice President), John Tyndall, Henry Fawcett, Henry Cabot Lodge, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, poet Thomas B. Aldrich (3 letters), Nelson Miles, John Hay, William Dean Howells, Harvard president Charles W. Eliot (2), sculptor Daniel Chester French, historian Francis Parkman, Henry Adams sent two substantial letters, including a detailed 1878 commentary on the silver question, his brother Charles Francis Adams Jr. began his 1883 note "I am one of those fools who use yachts," and invited Walker along for a long cruise, Samuel Chapman Armstrong, who wrote in 1888 on his efforts to hire a carpentry instructor at his Hampton Institute to provide marketable skills to his students, British historian George O. Trevelyan, in response to one of Walker's Civil War histories, wrote "I never before appreciated the appalling dangers and efforts," adding that the battles "tell a story that stands alone and makes me really proud of what is, after all, my race." B) 14 documents from Walker's Civil War service as Adjutant General to Generals Couch and Hancock. C) The Walker family autograph collection: 30 items including clipped signatures of James A. Garfield and Booker T. Washington. All are sleeved in massive 3-ring binder; generally well-preserved, small mount remnants on verso of many items. BIO NOTES: From one online source: Francis Amasa Walker was a statistician, journalist, educator, academic administrator, and military officer in the Union Army. Walker was born into a prominent Boston family, the son of the economist and politician Amasa Walker, and he graduated from Amherst College at the age of 20. He received a commission to join the 15th Massachusetts Regiment of Volunteers and quickly rose through the ranks as an assistant adjutant general. Walker fought in the Peninsula Campaign and was injured at the Battle of Chancellorsville but subsequently participated in the Bristoe, Overland, and Richmond-Petersburg Campaigns before being captured by Confederate forces and held at the infamous Libby Prison. In July 1866, he was nominated by President Andrew Johnson and confirmed by the United States Senate for the award of the honorary grade of brevet brigadier general United States Volunteers, to rank from March 13, 1865, when he was age 24. Following the war, Walker served on the editorial staff of the Springfield Republican before using his family and military connections to gain appointment as the Chief of the Bureau of Statistics from 1869 to 1870 and Superintendent of the 1870 census where he published an award-winning Statistical Atlas visualizing the data for the first time. He joined Yale University's Sheffield Scientific School as a professor of political economy in 1872 and rose to international prominence serving as a chief member of the 1876 Philadelphia Exposition, American representative to the 1878 International Monetary Conference, President of the American Statistical Association in 1882, and inaugural President of the American Economic Association in 1886, and vice president of the National Academy of Sciences in 1890. Walker also led the 1880 census which resulted in a twenty-two volume census, cementing Walker's reputation as the nation's preeminent statistician. As an economist, Walker debunked the wage-fund doctrine and engaged in a prominent scholarly debate with Henry George on land, rent, and taxes. Although Walker argued that obligations existed between the employer and the employed, he was an opponent of the nascent socialist movement and argued in support of bimetallism. He published his International Bimetallism at the height of the 1896 presidential election campaign in which economic issues were prominent. Walker was a prolific writer, authoring ten books on political economy and military history. In recognition of his contributions to economic theory, beginning in 1947, the American Economic Association recognized the lifetime achievement of an individual economist with a "Francis A. Walker Medal". Walker accepted the presidency of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1881, a position he held for fifteen years until his death. During his tenure, he placed the institution on more stable financial footing by aggressively fund-raising and securing grants from the Massachusetts government and implemented many curricular reforms, oversaw the launch of new academic programs, and expanded the size of the Boston campus, faculty, and student enrolments. MIT's Walker Memorial Hall, a former students' clubhouse and one of the original buildings on the Charles River campus, was dedicated to him in 1916.; 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall; KEYWORDS: HISTORY OF, FRANCIS AMASA WALKER, MIT, YALE, HENRY CABOT LODGE, AMHERST, SCHUYLER COLFAX, JOHN HAY, CHARLES ELIOT, FRANCIS PARKMAN, HENRY ADAMS, AMERICANA, HANDWRITTEN, MANUSCRIPT, DOCUMENT, LETTER, AUTOGRAPH, DIARY, JOURNAL, LOG, KEEPSAKE, WRITER, HAND WRITTEN, DOCUMENTS, SIGNED, LETTERS, MANUSCRIPTS, HISTORICAL, HOLOGRAPH, WRITERS, DIARIES, JOURNALS, LOGS, AUTOGRAPHS, PERSONAL, MEMOIR, MEMORIAL, PERSONAL HISTORY, AMERICANA, Als, antiquité, contrat, vélin, document, manuscrit, papier Antike, Brief, Pergament, Dokument, Manuskript, Papier oggetto d'antiquariato, atto, velina, documento, manoscritto, carta antigüedad, hecho, vitela, documento, manuscrito, papel.
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