- Walter Hampden Overton
Walter Hampden Overton (1788-1845) was a U.S. Representative representing
Louisiana's 3rd congressional district. He was born near Louisa Court House, Virginiain 1788 and moved in infancy with his father to North Carolina, and then to Tennesseein 1801. Overton attended the common schools and entered the U.S. Armyin 1808, and was promoted through the ranks to majorin the Third Rifleson February 21, 1814. Major Overton was brevetted a lieutenant colonelon December 23, 1814, for actions at the Battle of New Orleansand transferred to the Artillery Corps in May, 1815 before resigning his commission on October 31, 1815. Later, he was commissioned a major generalof militiaby the Louisiana Legislature. Overton settled near Alexandria, Louisianain Rapides Parish and served as a member of courthouse building commission in 1820 and 1821, a member of the Commission on Navigation of Bayou Rapides in 1824.
Overton was elected as a Jacksonian Democrat to the Twenty-first Congress (March 4, 1829-March 3, 1831). He served one term and was not a candidate for renomination in 1830. He returned to his plantation near Alexandria, Louisiana where he died on
December 24, 1845. He was buried in McNutt Hill Cemetery in Rapides Parish..
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