Distinguished African American Political and Governmental Leaders

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Josiah Thomas Walls
Reproduced from the Collections of the Library of Congress

Born: December 30, 1842, in or near Winchester, Virginia

Status: Died May 15, 1905, in Tallahassee, Florida; buried at Negro Cemetery, Tallahassee, Florida

Education: Briefly attended normal school, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1850s

Position: Impressed into the Confederate army, 1860s; enlisted in the Third Infantry Regiment, United States Colored Troops, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July, 1863; sawmill worker, Florida, 1865; teacher, Archer, Florida, 1866; delegate, Florida State Constitutional Convention, 1868; state representative, Florida State Assembly, 1868; state senator, Florida State Senate, 1868-1870, 1876-1879; U.S. representative from Florida, 1871-1875; farmer, Alachua County, Florida, 1879-1895; farm supervisor, Florida Normal College (later, Florida A and M University), Tallahassee, Florida, 1895-1905


Early Years

Josiah Thomas Walls was born a slave in or near Winchester, Virginia, on December 30, 1842. When he was a child, Walls moved to Darkesville, West Virginia. It is not known whether he went to West Virginia of his own free will or was sold by his owner.


Higher Education

At some time, he briefly attended a normal school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and may have obtained more schooling on his own.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Foreword v
  • Preface ix
  • Sources x
  • Profiles 1
  • A 3
  • B 10
  • C 35
  • D 58
  • E 76
  • F 89
  • G 99
  • H 109
  • J 126
  • K 142
  • L 145
  • N 185
  • O 190
  • P 194
  • R 207
  • S 222
  • T 236
  • W 244
  • Y 263
  • Appendix 1 279
  • Appendix 2 281
  • Appendix 3 285
  • Appendix 4 287
  • Index 291
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