Francis Amasa Walker - Boston, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 20.966 W 071° 04.685
19T E 328839 N 4690666
Quick Description: A bust of soldier, economist, statistician, journalist, author, and President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Francis Amasa Walker is located in the courtyard of the Boston Public Library at 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 1/9/2021 4:15:55 AM
Waymark Code: WM13MME
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:

A 3' by 3' bronze bust of Francis Amasa Walker is located on the west wall of the courtyard of the Boston Public Library. Walker is depicted from the mid-chest up. He is wearing an open collar shirt, a vest that is buttoned on the right side and a jacket. The bust was sculpted by Richard Edwin Brooks in 1899.

The bronze plinth is inscribed:

FRANCIS AMASA
WALKER

A bronze inscription above his head is inscribed:

SOLDIER ECONOMIST STATISTICIAN

PRESIDENT OF THE MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
TRUSTEE OF THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The inscription to his left side is inscribed:

SUPERINTENDENT
OF
THE NINTH
AND TENTH
CENSUS

The inscription to his right side is inscribed:

BREVET BRIGADIER
GENERAL OF THE
UNITED STATES
VOLUNTEERS.

Francis Amasa Walker was born on July 2, 1840 in Boston, MA. He graduated from Amherst College and was commissioned an officer in the 15th Massachusetts Infantry where he served as assistant Adjutant General. After the Civil War, at age 24, he was awarded the honorary title of Brevet Brigadier General, United States Volunteers.

He served on the editorial staff of the Springfield Republican before becoming the Chief of the Bureau of Statistics. In 1882, he then became President of the American Statistical Association in 1882, President of the American Economic Association in 1886, and vice president of the National Academy of Sciences in 1890. He was the President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1881 to until his death on January 5, 1897.

During his life he wrote on books on history, a biography of General Winfield Scott Hancock, and many works related to his expertise in the field of economics. Wikipedia lists the following principal works of Francis Amasa Walker.

The Indian Question (1874)
The Wages Question: A treatise on Wages and the Wages Class (1876)
Money (1878)
Money in its Relation to Trade and Industry (1879)
Political Economy (first edition, 1883)
Land and its Rent (1883)
History of the Second Army Corps (1886)
Life of General Hancock (1894)
The Making of the Nation (1895)
International Bimetallism (1896)

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