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Individual Record -- Walton, Eliakim Persons

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 0, credited to Montpelier, VT
Unit(s): State
Service: Wartime Representative

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VITALS

Birth: 02/17/1812, Unknown
Death: 12/19/1890

Burial: Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 22702

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Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None

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Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT

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Biography

WALTON, ELIAKIM PERSONS, a Representative from Vermont; born in Montpelier, Vt., February 17, 1812; attended the common schools; apprenticed to a printer; studied law, but did not practice; engaged in journalism and compiling; editor of ``Walton's Vermont Register''; organizer and first president of the Editors and Publishers' Association, holding the office of president for more than twenty years; after the retirement of his father in 1853 was sole proprietor of the Watchman until 1868; served in the State house of representatives in 1853; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth, Thirty-sixth, and Thirty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1863); declined to be a candidate for reelection and returned to his editorial and literary labors; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1864; member of the State constitutional convention in 1870; served in the State senate in 1875 and 1877; trustee of the University of Vermont and of the State agricultural college 1875-1887; president of the Vermont Historical Society 1876-1890; died in Montpelier, Washington County, Vt., December 19, 1890; interment in Green Mount Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United Stated Congress

Obituary

Hon. E. P. Walton Dead

Hon. Eliakim Perkins Walton, who had been ill for a long time, died early last week Friday morning at his home in Montpelier. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. G. W. Gallagher conducting the services, in which President M. H. Buckham of the University of Vermont assisted. Mr. Gallagher in his remarks referred especially to Mr. Walton's home and church lie, while President Buckham spoke of his public career in warm and generous words of commendation. The choir of Bethany church rendered "Asleep in Jesus" in a very impressive manner. The floral offerings consisted of a pillow from Mr. Frank O. Field of St. Louis, with the word "Father" in immortelies, an ivy wreath with rose buds from Mr. And Mrs. G. G. Benedict of Burlington, an ivy cross from Mrs. Walton, and cut flowers from Mr. and Mrs. Goodwin of Fair Haven, Mrs. Joseph Owes, Mrs. C. A. Best and others. The pall-bearers were Colonel E. P. Jewett, Rev. C. S. Smith, Hon., Joseph Poland, Hon, John a. Page, Dr. H. S. Boardman and Mr. George W. Scott, and the bearers were Messrs. E. D. Blackwell, H. A. Huse, A. J. Howe and Hiram Carleton. The remains were placed in the tomb at Green Mount cemetery. Especially comforting to the bereaved relatives are the many messages of sympathy which have been received from friends of the deceased. Among these was one from Senator Morrill, who said: "Mr. Walton was my much esteemed, life-long friend, and his deceased oppresses me with grief. I tender you my heartfelt sympathy." Rev. Howard F. Hill said: "Our most tender remembrances and most earnest prayers for your loved household." For these and other similar expressions and for the kind and loving assistance which friends and neighbors have given Mrs. Walton during her husband's long illness, the bereaved wife is most grateful. A large number of old residents and a number from other places were present at the funeral.

Mr. Walton was born in Montpelier, February 17, 1812, and was the oldest son of Genera Ezekiel Parker Walton. Spending his boyhood in Montpelier, he fitted for college at the Washington County Grammar School. He did not enter college, however, but, on the completion of his academic training, he began the study of law in the office of Samuel and Samuel B. Prentiss, at the time when Judge Prentiss was in the United States Senate. It was in this office that he gained an extensive and thorough knowledge of national politics, as well as a sufficient grasp of the elements of law. But it was in his father's printing office that he obtained the greater part of his education. From a very early age, when he was so small that he had to stand in a chair to reach the "case, " he worked in vacations and at odd moments at the printer's trade. In 1826-27 he spent a year in Essex, N. Y., where he edited and printed his first newspaper a single issue of the Essex County Republican. The story is, that the editor and publisher were away, and had made arrangements for omitting one number of the paper. Mr. Walton, however, set up matter enough, partly written and partly composed at the case, to fill the paper. Taking proofs, he submitted them to General Henry H. Ross, then a member of congress. General Ross read the proofs and then went into his office, his face wreathed with smiles, and putting both hands on the boy's shoulders said: "Print it, boy! Print it!" From this time on, Mr. Walton devoted himself chiefly to the newspaper business. On becoming of age, in 1833, he became partner with his father in the publication of the Vermont Watchman and State Gazette, and the newspaper and printing departments were henceforth in the hands of the younger Walton. In 1855 the paper, which had become the Watchman and State Journal, passed exclusively into his hands, where it remained until sold to the Messrs. Poland in 1868. During all this time and for many years afterwards Mr. Walton was editor of "Walton's Vermont Register." The "Vermont Capitol, " published in 1857, consisted principally of his reports, and volume two of the collections of the Vermont Historical Society was edited by him, as were also the eight volumes of the "Records of the Governor and Council, " together with documents touching the early history of the state. Mr. Walton was not an office-seeker, but on many occasions office sought him. In 1853 he was elected as the representative of Montpelier in the legislature. In 1856 he was urged by Senator Foot and others to become a candidate for congress in the first district He reluctantly consented, was elected and served three terms, after which he refused another election. In 1870 he was the delegate from Montpelier to the constitutional convention, and from 1874 to 1878 he was a senator from Washington county. The honorary degree of master of arts was conferred upon him by the University of Vermont and Middlebury College. He was president of the Publishers and Editors Association of Vermont from its formation until 1881, and he was also president of the Vermont Historical Society for many years. Mr. Walton made numerous addresses and speeches on anniversary and other occasions. He did the state a signal service by correcting the congressional apportionment of 1800, so that Vermont retained three members of the house instead of having her delegation reduced to two. The apportionment bill had passed both houses, when Mr. Walton, who had examined the subject carefully, represented to Senator Collamer that it violated the constitution and did injustice to eight states, including Vermont. Under the lead of Senator Collamer, a supplementary bill was passed by which the eight states received an additional representative. In 1870 the same injustice was done these states. Again Mr. Walton straightened the matter out, Senators Edmunds and Thurman putting through an amendment to the house bill which corrected the defects. His letter to Senator Edmunds on this subject in 1872 was printed by order of the senate. Mr. Walton married, on June 6, 1836, Sarah Sophia, daughter of Hon. Joseph Howes of Montpelier, who died on September 3, 1880. On October 19, 1882, he married Mrs. Clara Field of Columbus, Ohio, who survives him.

It is a hard matter to say in the Watchman, which before the days of impersonal journalism was for more than a third of a century the alter ego of Mr. Walton, the things that its long-time editor deserves to have said of him. The New York Tribune bears, on every copy printed, the words "Founded by Horace Greeley." The main life-work of each of these men was to make firm the foundation of a newspaper that in its field should be a power for good and in each issue to wield that power. They were like types of American citizenship.

The true editor knows, even if he is not troubled about, many things: he must be "myriad-minded." Mr. Walton so knew, and was so minded. To his fellow members of congress he came rt o be known as their "Walking encyclopedia." And not only with his townsmen but very largely with men of intelligence all over the state, when the thing unknown but knowable eluded search and research, "Ask Mr. Walton" brought it to light. To men who knew him, whatever may be here said must seem., as it is, the merest gleaning, remembering as they do what was the full harvest of his life.

The man was the main thing. The positions he held in societies, in the state and in the nation were mere circumstance, showing that his fellow men knew somewhat of what the man was and wherein he would be of help to them. His education, founded in the old-fashioned New England schools and in the old-fashioned New England ways, rounded at the printing case and in the editor's chair, and deepened by acquaintance with affairs and men of affairs, was greater than any university or college combined or sole could give and all was crowned by the faith of the old New England church. The result was a knowledgeable man one who, if he did not take all knowledge to be his province, knew more of its varied fields than his fellows, and, best of all, character, so that he was "integer vitae scelerisque purus." There was in him the simplicity of strength, of directness and of social charm. He had respect for humanity and sympathy with his fellow mankind and he knew his kind and liked it and was liked by it from the printer's devil to Abraham Lincoln. And that great name calls to mind the fact that Mr. Walton's service in congress covered the organization, outbreak and greatest rise to bad eminence of the slaveholders' rebellion; and, knowing its spirit, its methods and its results, it is little wonder that towards it and its promoters his kindly spirit took on other than its wanted forms of thought and feeling. He loved his own state, but his love for it was subject to a greater loyalty and love for the whole Union, and those who sought to destroy it were the enemies to whom he was an enemy.

He did well his work in business, society, community, state and nation. To enlarge upon it would be to go into infinity of detail, of all which the summing up would be, "well done." He worked in many fields and with persistent industry and it is the sum of all on which judgment is made. To have lived an entire life like his in one community, is to have given that community the education that comes by contact with, and observance of a man able, simple, upright, pure. His town and his state will be the better for their memory of him.

There must remain unexpressed the yet kinder thoughts and feelings that move his personal friends as they keep his memory green and those yet deeper in his church and in his family, and no man had more in church and family his home and life's supreme content.

Source: Vermont Watchman and State Journal, December 24, 1890.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.