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Walker, John Grimes 1835-

Naval officer; born in Hillsboro, N. H., March 20, 1835; graduated at the United States Naval [113] Academy in 1856. In the Civil War he took part in the capture of New Orleans, in operations against Vicksburg, almost all the battles on the Mississippi River in 1862 and 1863; and commanded the gunboat Shawmut in the capture of Wilmington, N. C. He was secretary of the lighthouse board in 1873-78; chief of the bureau of navigation in 1881-89; was promoted commodore in 1889 and rear-admiral in 1894; was then assigned to command the Pacific Station; and was retired in 1897. He was president of the naval retiring board in 1895; chairman of the light-house board in 1895-96, and of the commission for the location of a deepwater harbor on the coast of southern California in 1896-97; president of the Nicaragua Canal commission in 1897-99, and of the Isthmian Canal commission since 1899.

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