Blaine, Walker



Walker Blaine (1855-1890) was an official in the United States Department, Diplomat-Court of Commissioners. Autograph Slip Writing Signed, n.d. 8 x 1 1/3 written in blk ink with some toning overall, fine condition.

"Walker Blaine was born in Augusta, Maine on May 8, 1855, the son of James G. Blaine and Harriet (Stanwood) Blaine. In 1876, he graduated from Yale College, where he was a member of Skull and Bones. He then attended Columbia Law School, receiving a law degree.

After law school, Blaine joined the law office of Senator Cushman Kellogg Davis (R-Minn.) in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 1881, Blaine's father became the United States Secretary of State in the administration of President of the United States James A. Garfield. Blaine's father named him Third Assistant Secretary of State, with Blaine holding this office from July 1, 1881 until June 30, 1882.

During his time as Third Assistant Secretary, Blaine and William Henry Trescot were sent on a special diplomatic mission to South America. Following the death of Garfield and the resignation of the older Blaine, President Chester A. Arthur appointed Walker Blaine assistant counsel of the United States for the Court of Commissioners of Alabama Claims. Blaine held this office until the court's abolition on January 1, 1886. He then moved to Chicago to practice law. In 1889, Blaine's father became Secretary of State for the second time (this time in the Benjamin Harrison administration) and James G. Blaine again secured a position for Walker Blaine in the United States Department of State, this time as Solicitor of the Department of State.

Walker Blaine died in Washington, D.C. unexpectedly on January 15, 1890, of pneumonia that followed a bout of influenza."