Walker Blaine

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Walker Blaine
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Born Walker Blaine
(1855-05-08)May 8, 1855
Augusta, Maine, U.S.
Died January 15, 1890(1890-01-15) (aged 34)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Nationality American
Education Columbia Law School
Yale University
Occupation Lawyer
Third Assistant Secretary of State (1881-1882)
Assistant Counsel of the United States for the Court of Commissioners of Alabama Claims (1882-1886)
Solicitor of the Department of State (1889-1890)
Employer United States Department of State
Political party Republican
Parent(s) James G. Blaine
Harriet (Stanwood) Blaine

Walker Blaine (May 8, 1855 – January 15, 1890) was an official in the United States Department of State.


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 served on the third editorial board of The Yale Record[1] and was a member of Skull and Bones.[2]:144 He then earned his law degree from Columbia Law School.

After law school, Blaine joined the law office of Senator Cushman Kellogg Davis (RMinn.) 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. He is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington.


  1. ^ "Editors Yale Record". The Yale Banner. New Haven: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, Printers. 1874. p. 78.
  2. ^ Catalogue of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. The Delta Kappa Epsilon council. 1910. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
Charles Payson
Third Assistant Secretary of State
July 1, 1881 – June 30, 1882
Succeeded by
Alvey A. Adee