The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 56
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56 The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
quiry of this nature, Walker was at much pains to prove him-
self a citizen of that State-which was perfectly true. He rep-
resented that by declining to file an affidavit to the effect that he
was a citizen of Louisiana, he had forfeited stock and loans to
the extent of $15,000 in the Citizens Bank of Louisiana.6' This
was set forth in a letter to John W. Gildart, a representative from
Hinds County, and a supporter of Walker. Poindexter's term
expiring March 3, 1835, "Governor Funnels called the legislature
in special session on January 19th of the ensuing year. Among
the reasons given for this action was the probability of the United
States Senate being convoked prior to the regular meeting of
Congress, and the necessity of the State's being represented in
that body.62 G. D. Boyd, one of the representatives from Hinds,
writing in April to the editor of the lWoodville Republican,
affirmed that he had advised the Governor to call an extra ses-
,sion to show that Poindexter had misrepresented the State: he
did not believe that as many as eight votes could have been got-
ten for Poindexter in the two houses; furthermore, among the
names mentioned as suitable senatorial timber were those of De-
Graffenreid, Pray, Hinds, and Plummer, but not that of Walker.3
On the part of some, strong dissent was expressed to the choice
of Walker as the successor of Poindexter, for it was held his selec-
tion would be but perpetuating the odious and anti-republican
principle of government by the few; he was the caucus nominee
of a Van Buren convention, and was therefore unacceptable to a
large number of Democrats who preferred Judge White to "the
Yankee juggler of Iinderhook.""4 The candidate for the legisla-
ture from Amite strongly doubted the wisdom of choosing either
Walker or Plummer, since both had been charged with political
inconsistencies and improprieties. John A. Grimball, candidate
for the State Senate, from Hinds, expressed similar views.6" One
week before the selection of a successor to Poindexter by the leg-
islature, an interesting editorial appeared in the Clinton Gazette,
entitled "Who, Shall Be Our Next Senator in Congress?" Evi-
tWoodville Republican, January 3, 1835.
2lbid., February 7, 1835.
O'April 11, 1835.
"Ibid., June 13, 1835.
"Ibid., *October 10, 24, 1835.
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