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WALSH, CHARLES CLINTON

WALSH, CHARLES CLINTON (1867–1943). Charles Clinton Walsh, civic leader and poet, son of James B. and Catherine (Long) Walsh, was born in Kirkwood, Warren County, Illinois, on May 29, 1867. He taught in the public schools of Illinois for four years; in 1890 he married Emma Farnsworth of Platte County, Illinois. Walsh wrote four legal quizbooks during his college career at the University of Michigan. In 1893 he received the LL.B, was admitted to the state bar, and moved to Gonzales, Texas. In Gonzales he was correspondent for the Dallas Morning News and the Galveston Newsqqv and was associated in a law firm with T. F. and Thomas M. Harwood. In 1904 Walsh and G. W. Hay, his brother-in-law, established banks in small towns in Grayson and Collin counties. He moved to San Angelo in 1907 and organized the San Angelo Bank and Trust Company. He worked to promote agricultural and livestock interests, particularly the merchandising of wool and mohair. He was one of the founders of the West Texas Chamber of Commerce and was president in 1924–25. In 1925 Walsh was appointed chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank at Dallas. For fifteen years he was treasurer of the West Texas Conference of the Methodists church; the improved system of bookkeeping he introduced was adopted by the church at large. He was secretary-treasurer of the board of missions and the West Texas endowment conference and was a member of the commission that established Southern Methodist University, for which he was trustee from 1912 to 1925. He was a member of the Dallas Writers Club and the Poetry Society of Texas, and was known as the "poet laureate of the Southwest." He published thirteen books. Walsh retired from the directorship of the Federal Reserve Bank in 1937. He died at Dallas on December 20, 1943, and was buried at San Angelo.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Dallas Morning News, December 21, 1943. Goldie Capers Smith, The Creative Arts in Texas: A Handbook of Biography (Nashville: Cokesbury, 1926). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Who's Who in America, 1935–36.

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"WALSH, CHARLES CLINTON," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fwa43), accessed November 26, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.