Walter L. Sessions

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(October 4, 1820 — May 27, 1896) Walter Loomis Sessions was a teacher, lawyer, and politician. Sessions was born in Brandon, Vermont in 1820 and moved to Chautauqua County, New York as a child. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1849. While practicing law, Sessions also taught school and served as commissioners of schools for many years. He also served in state governmental positions including as a State Senator and State Representative. Sessions was elected as a Republican to the United States House of Representatives and served from March 4, 1871 to March 3, 1875. After losing reelection to the Forty-Fourth Congress, he went back to practicing law until he was again elected to Congress, serving once more from March 4, 1885 to March 3, 1887. [Source: “Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 - Present,” available at]

Member of New York Delegation—The Civil Rights Act of 1875.

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