Grand Old Partisan honors Eliakim Walton, born in Montpelier this day of 1812. He apprenticed to a printer, then studied law at the legal practice of a U.S. Senator. While in New York, the Whig edited The Essex County Republican. In 1853, he assumed editorship of a statewide newspaper, the Vermont Watchman. The following year, appalled by the Democrats' scheme to extend slavery into western territories, it was Walton's father who called for all 'friends of freedom' to establish the Vermont Republican Party.
After a term in the state house, Walton helped organize the Vermont GOP. In 1856, he won the first of three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was delegate to the 1864 Republican National Convention. A decade later, he was elected to the state senate. The journalist was trustee of the University of Vermont as well as president of the Vermont Historical Society until his death age seventy-eight.
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