Biography of Matthew H. Walker
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MATTHEW H. WALKER
Matthew H. Walker is one of the real pioneers of Utah, and the name of Walker is one of the best known and most respected in the intermountain region. Mr. Walker has gone through the rigors and hardships of the early settlers of Utah and by his own perseverance and industry has risen, and today is one of the leading financiers and business men of the Western country.

Matthew H. Walker is a son of Matthew and Mercy Long Walker. His father was a woolen merchant and hotel proprietor at Yorkshire, England, where Matthew H. was born January 16, 1845. When but five years of age he emigrated to America, and in 1852 he took the long and tedious wagon journey across the country to Salt Lake City, being but seven years old at the time of his arrival. He has seen the evolution of this great city from a vast wilderness to the splendid city it is today, and to him much of the credit of its magnificent upbuilding belongs; because he was ever foremost and the first to come to the front with his purse and brains when any progressive movement was at hand.

His education was meager, as in those days they had to do the best they could with the facilities they had for schools. But Mr. Walker managed to secure enough education to win for himself the distinction of being one of Utah's most distinguished and successful citizens, and to occupy a position in tho financial and mercantile world second to none in the inter-mountain region.

Mr. Walker is the head of the firm of Walker Brothers, Bankers, for fifty years one of the largest financial institutions in Utah, established in 1859, and a stockholder in Walker Bros. Dry Goods Company. He is actively connected with the Opex Mines Company, Ilonerine Extension Mining Company, and many other mining companies throughout the inter-mountain region. Mr. Walker has never held political office of any kind, devoting his entire time and attention to his many business enterprises.

He is a member of the Alta Club, Commercial Club, Country Club, the Young Men's Christian Association, and the Wasatch Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons. Mr. Walker was married January 1, 1865, to his first wife, who died in 1896, and in 1897 he married his present wife. He is the father of two children, John H. and Frances Glen Walker.

Mr. Walker is today rated as one of the foremost financiers and most public spirited citizens of Utah. The only public office he ever held was that of member of the Board of Education, elected in and holding the position from 1898 until 1902.

From:
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909


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