Biography of Lyman L. Walton

Lyman L. Walton, of Skowhegan, the junior member of Walton & Walton, one of the foremost law firms of Somerset County, was born in Mercer, Maine, June 2, 1849. He is a son of Sylvanus B. and Martha T. (Chapman) Walton. The father, a son of Joshua and Mary (Rollins) Walton, born in Mercer, December 15, 1818, after receiving his education in the common schools, took up the calling of teacher, for which he had many natural qualifications, and followed it at intervals for over thirty years. Whatever he attempted to do he put his best self into, and he won the respect and affection of his pupils and the esteem of his associates. Also, closely connected with the legal fraternity for years, he gathered considerable knowledge of the law, and drafted instruments, gave advice, and settled disputes. He served as Selectman and Treasurer of his native town, and held other offices of trust and responsibility there. He was in the legislature in 1860-61. During the Civil War he was Deputy Revenue Marshal, and from 1872 to 1874 he was County Commissioner. His death on September 11, 1893, carried sorrow to many, even in distant States.

Lyman L. Walton, after also teaching for several years, was admitted to the Somerset County bar in 1873. He conducted an independent practice for one year. In 1874 he became the partner of his uncle, the Hon. S. J. Walton, of Skowhegan, with whom he has been associated since. When aroused, he is an impressive and eloquent speaker, and knows how to carry his point. Reliable and honest, Messrs. Walton & Walton do not seek business. They rather counsel those who come to them for advice to avoid the law. Always working for the best interests of their clients, they stand high in their profession as able and conscientious lawyers, ranking among the leaders of the Somerset County bar.

Mr. Lyman L. Walton is a member of the Somerset Bar Association, and was its secretary for some time. He is also a member of the Maine State Bar Association. In politics He is a Republican. He was County Attorney from 1877 to 1880, a member of the School Committee of Skowhegan for four years, and its chairman for two years of that time. In 1880 he was a member of the State, County, and Town Republican Committees, and he was the chairman of the party’s Town and County Committees for four years. In 1896-97 he represented Skowhegan in the State legislature. He is a member of the Island Avenue Congregational Church of Skowhegan, a Mason, an Odd Fellow, member of the A. O. U. W., Foresters, and N. E. O. P. In lodge, school, church, town, politics, and all affairs of public interest and benefit, he is always found an earnest worker for that which is truest and best. An occasional writer for the press and literary societies, his writings, both of poetry and prose, have been much admired. By his marriage in 1874 with Martha A., daughter of David D. Smith, of Cornville, he is the father of two daughters.

Source: Biographical review: containing life sketches of leading citizens of Somerset, Piscataquis, Hancock, Washington, and Aroostook counties, Maine. Boston: Biographical Review Publishing Company, 1898.

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