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Born at "Woodlawn," near Newtown, King and Queen County, Virginia, Gresham attended Stevensville Academy and Edge Hill Academy, and was graduated from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1863. He served as a private in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1867 and commenced practice in Galveston, Texas. He served as district attorney for the Galveston judicial district in 1872. He served as member of the Texas House of Representatives 1886-1891.
Gresham was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1895). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress. He resumed the practice of law in Galveston, Texas. He died in Washington, D.C., November 6, 1920. He was interred in Lakeview Cemetery, Galveston, Texas.
He built and resided in the stately Bishop's Palace in Galveston.
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- Walter Gresham (Texas politician) at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2009-04-29