Francis Eugene Walter
Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy
United States House of Repesentatives
Eugene Walter was born in Easton, Pennsylvania in 1894, attended Easton
schools, Lehigh University for 2 years, and received his BA degree from
George Washington University in 1916. He received his LLB degree from Georgetown
University Law School in 1919, and practiced law in Easton. He married
May M. Doyle in 1925; they had two daughters. He was elected to his first
of sixteen terms as Congressman in 1932, serving until his death in 1963.
He also served briefly in the Naval Air Force during WWI and for 6 months
in WWII. His two Congressional specialties were laws on immigration and
investigations of un-American activities.
He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
from Pennsylvania; born in , Northampton County, Pennsylvania, May 26,
1894; attended the public schools, preparatory school at Princeton, New
Jersey, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and George Washington
University and Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; during both World
Wars served in the air service of the United States Navy; was admitted
to the bar in 1919 and commenced practice in Easton, Pa.; director of the
Broad Street Trust Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and of the Easton National
Bank, Easton, Pennsylvania; solicitor of Northampton County, Pennsylvania,
1928-1933; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1928; elected
as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and to the fifteen succeeding Congresses
and served from March 4, 1933, until his death in Washington, D.C., May
31, 1963; chairman, Committee on Un-American Activities (Eighty-fourth
through Eighty-eighth Congresses); co-sponsor of the McCarran-Walter Act
of 1952; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
WASHINGTON, June 4, 1963 – Representative Francis E. Walter was buried today in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors reflecting his 33 years as a Congressman and military service spanning two world wars.
The Democrat from Pennsylvania dies of leukemia Friday at the age of 69.
The funeral service was conducted at the Fort Myer, Virginia, Chapel by the Rev. John F. Steinbruck of Easton, Pennsylvania, pastor of Mr. Walter’s home church, St. John’s Lutheran.
Several hundred friends, political associated and members of Congress attended. Lawrence O’Brien, a Presidential Assistant, represented the White House. Among the others was former Governor David L. Lawrence of Pennsylvania.
There was a brief graveside service. The mahogany-colored coffin, draped by the United States flag, was borne on a horse-drawn caisson escorted by a Navy ceremonial guard. Mr. Walter served in World War I and World War II, from which he emerged as a Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserve.
Posted: 22 May 1999 Updated: 8 June 2004 Updated: 17 December 2007