William J. Walker paper, 1861-1909

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0.25 cubic ft.

William Johnson Walker (1789-1865) was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts and eventually graduated from the Massachusetts Medical College in 1813. During the War of 1812, Walker practiced medicine in France and studied with French physicians. At the end of the war, he continued his studies in London for six months before returning to his native Charlestown to open a practice. He would later be appointed physician and surgeon of the Massachusetts State Prison and consulting surgeon to the Massachusetts General Hospital. After practicing medicine for thirty years, Walker became a wealthy manufacturing and railroad owner. During his lifetime as well as after his death in 1865 he was a significant donor to Tufts College among others institutions.

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