- Laurence S. Moss
Walker, Amasa (04 May 1799–29 October 1875), political economist, professor, and businessman, was born in Woodstock, Connecticut, the son of Walter Walker, a blacksmith, and Priscilla Carpenter. Walker planned to go to college, but poor health made this impractical. In 1820 he formed a business partnership in North Brookfield, Massachusetts, that manufactured shoes. Three years later he dissolved that partnership and joined the Methuen Manufacturing Company as its agent. In 1825 Walker moved to Boston, where he pursued a variety of retail business ventures and served in 1839 as a director of the Franklin Bank. He married Emeline Carleton in 1826; they had no children. He married Hannah Ambrose in 1834 after Emeline’s death in 1828; they had three children....