Biography of William David Walker, D.D.

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WILLIAM D. WALKER, D. D., LL. D., S. T. D., D. C. L.

WILLIAM DAVID WALKER, D. D., LL. D., S. T. D., D. C. L., was born in New York city June 29, 1839. After attending public schools he prepared for college at Trinity school in his native city and graduated from Columbia college in 1859, receiving the McVicker prize. In the same year he entered the General Theological Seminary and graduated in 1862, receiving deacon's orders at the hands of Bishop Horatio Potter in the Church of the Transfiguration on his twenty-third bfrthday.

He filled the office of Vicar of Calvary chapel, in New York, from October, 1862, to 1883, serving also as special assistant in Calvary church, in which he was ordained to the priesthood on June 29, 1863.

In 1883 he was chosen the first Bishop of the Missionary District of North Dakota and was consecrated in Calvary church December 20, 1883. In the northwest his labors were characterized by great zeal, devotion and success, and brought him into wide publicity. In 1887 President Cleveland appointed him one of the ten United States Indian Commissioners, having general oversight of the Indians throughout the country. He originated the "cathedral car," which has since become an important factor in missionary and church work in many sections of the world.

Bishop Walker and the late Bishop Arthur Cleveland Coxe were long warm and intimate friends, and after the death of the latter, Bishop Walker was elected the third bishop of the diocese of Western New York. The election took place by special council at Trinity church in Buffalo on October 7, 1896. He entered upon his duties in that office December 20, 1896.

Bishop Walker has published several works of great interesi and usefulness; notably a Report to the President and Congress on the Sioux and Chippewa tribes of Indians in North Dakota (1886); a sermon, "Relations of Wealth to Labor," delivered in Westminster Abbey in 1888; one on "God's Providence in Life," preached in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, upon the death of the German emperor; an essay on "Domestic Missions," read at St. James Hall, London, before the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts in 1888; an address on "Missions in the United States," made at the same place in 1894. He has received degrees as follows: D. D., from Racine University, 1884; D. D. from Oxford University, England, 1894; S. T. D., from his alma mater, 1884; LL.D., from Griswold College, 1888; LL. D., from Trinity College, Dublin, 1894; D. C. L., from the University of King's College, Windsor, Nova Scotia.



Source:
Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898

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