Gresham, Walter Q.

Gresham, Walter Q. (Quintin)

(1832–95) jurist, public official; born near Lanesville, Ind. A Civil War veteran and friend of Ulysses S. Grant, he served as federal district judge (1869–83), postmaster general (1883–84), and secretary of the treasury (1893–95). Having fallen out with the Republicans over tariff policy, he threw his support to the Democrats in 1892 and was rewarded by being appointed secretary of state (1893–95).
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