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WALTER, Charles P., alderman Eighth ward, Harrisburg, was born near Milltown, York county, Pa., May 8, 1863. He is a son of Henry and Angeline (Mosher) Walter. His mother died in 1872; his father still lives, and resides in Harrisburg. Their family consists of five children, namely: Henry G., Charles P., Jacob, Edgar, and Elmer.

Charles P. came to Harrisburg with his parents when he was three years of age, and received his education in the public schools of Harrisburg. After leaving school he engaged in the butchering business and live stock dealing. He is still conducting the most extensive business of this kind in Central Pennsylvania, under the firm name of Walter Bros. In 1889 Mr. Walter was elected alderman by a majority of one hundred and five votes, and was the first alderman ever elected from the Eighth ward on the Democratic ticket. In 1894 he was re-elected by a majority of four hundred and eighty-six votes. In 1893 he was a candidate for nomination for mayor of Harrisburg, but was defeated by M. C. Eby by one hundred and seventy-eight votes. He is a careful and faithful officer, and has all the qualifications for a skillful and successful politician. He owes much of his popularity to his genial manners. He was married at Harrisburg, October 7, 1891, to Elizabeth Foley, the daughter of Edmund and Ellen Foley. To them have been born three children: Victor Ignatius, Charles Patricia, Jr., and Elenora Esther. Mr. Walter is a member of Bayard lodge, No. 150, K. of P.; Peace and Plenty lodge, No. 68, I. O. O. F.; St. John's Castle, No. 25, K. M. C.; Camp No. 25, P. O. S. A; Fulton Council, O. U. A. M. He is an active member of the Harrisburg Volunteer Fire Department, and for ten years a member of the State Fireman's Association and Fireman's Union of Harrisburg. He is a member of the Board of Trade. He is also one of the uniformed rank, Knights of Pythias. He is an active and zealous worker in the Democratic party, and was nominated for the office of mayor by his party in 1896, after one of the hardest political battles ever waged in the city. He was defeated for election, being betrayed by those who owe their political existence to his efforts.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Gwen Bixler Drivon at for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 13 Nov. 2000

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