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Nathan Wilson Walker
Mar. 7, 1875 - Feb. 13, 1936
Source: Dictionary of North Carolina Biography edited by William S. Powell; Vol. 6; pgs. 114-115
Nathan Wilson Walker, professor and educator, was born at Poplar Branch, Currituck County, the son of William Henry and Ellen Anthony Walker [name is in error--see note]. He was graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1903 and received the Ed.M degree from Harvard in 1921. In 1903 he became superintendent of the Asheboro public schools, serving until 1905 when he was appointed professor of secondary education at the University of North Carolina and state inspector of high schools. He was state high school supervisor for the State Department of Education from 1907 to 1920. Also in 1907 he revived the summer school program at the university and then served as its director for twenty-seven years.
On 1910 Walker founded and edited until his death the North Carolina High School Bulletin (later renamed the High School Journal), published by the department of education at the university. Walker was president of the North Carolina Teacher's Assembly (1918-19); he served two terms on the North Carolina textbook Committee and was chairman of the state's high school textbook committee. In 1921 he became acting dean of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina.
He was active in the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary School, which set educational standards in the South. He served as secretary (1912-16) and chairman (1924) of the association's Commission of Accredited Schools of Southern States and was elected president of the association in 1925. Walker became a member of the board of trustee of the North Carolina College for Negroes in Durham in 1925 and served as chairman of the board of governors of the University of North Carolina Press. He was a member of the Methodist church, the Democratic party, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Delta Kappa.
Walker married Eva Pritchard on Dec. 29, 1902 and their children were Mildred, Katherine, Thomas Henry, Nathan Wilson Jr. and John Anthony. He died at his home in Chapel Hill and was buried in the Chapel Hill Cemetery.
[NOTE: William Henry Walker was married to Anthea Ellen Walker, daughter of Wilson Walker & Emily Brabble according to her1927 death certificate. It's easy to see how Anthea's name was misconstrued as she is listed as A.E. Walker, female, age 5, in the 1860 census but as Anthony, male, age 15, in the 1870 census. Perhaps "Anthony" was a nickname or the two names sounded so much alike that the census enumerator wrote it as Anthony and assumed it was a male. In 1880 she is listed with her correct name. Nathan Wilson Walker's 1936 death certificate does say that his mother was Ellen Anthony Walker but other records dispute this name. Anthea is buried in the William Henry Walker Cemetery in Poplar Branch and her tombstone says "Anthea E.".]
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