Walter Folger Jr.

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Walter Folger Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1821
Preceded by John Reed Jr.
Succeeded by John Reed Jr.
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
In office
Personal details
Born June 12, 1765
Nantucket, Massachusetts
Died September 8, 1849(1849-09-08) (aged 84)
Nantucket, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic-Republican
Relations Phebe Folger Coleman (sister)
Lydia Folger Fowler (niece)
Parents Walter Folger Sr.
Elizabeth Starbuck Folger
Profession Attorney

Walter Folger Jr. (June 12, 1765 – September 8, 1849) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.


Born in Nantucket, Folger was a member of a large family that included his sister, diarist Phebe Folger Coleman. Notably he was the great-great-great grandson of Peter Folger and Mary Morrell Folger and first cousin three times removed of Benjamin Franklin. Through his mother he is also a member or the Starbuck whaling family of Nantucket.

He attended public schools before studying law. He was admitted to the bar and practiced before serving as member of the Massachusetts State Senate. Folger was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fifteenth Congress and reelected to the Sixteenth Congress (March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1821). He resumed the practice of law, and died in Nantucket on September 8, 1849. He was interred in Friends Burying Ground.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Reed Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 9th congressional district

March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1821
Succeeded by
John Reed Jr.

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website