William Valk

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William Valk
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1857
Preceded byJames Maurice
Succeeded byJohn A. Searing
Personal details
Born(1806-12-12)December 12, 1806
Charleston, South Carolina
DiedSeptember 20, 1879(1879-09-20) (aged 72)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyKnow Nothing

William Weightman Valk (December 12, 1806 in Charleston, South Carolina – September 20, 1879 in Washington, D.C.) was a soldier in the American Civil War and a U.S. Congressman.

In 1830, Valk earned a degree in medicine, graduating from the University of South Carolina at Columbia in 1830. He opened a practice in Connecticut. He joined the Navy during the Mexican–American War and became chief surgeon on the USS Constellation. Valk joined the California Gold Rush in 1849 and, upon failure, opened a practice on Long Island. From March 4, 1855, to March 3, 1857, Valk served in New York's 1st District in the United States House of Representatives.

Finally settled in Flushing, New York, and continued the practice of medicine until elected to Congress. He was elected as a candidate serving in New York's 1st District, as a member of the American Party to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1857). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection. Upon the breakout of Civil War, he volunteered as chief surgeon of the 2nd Maryland (USA) Volunteer Infantry of the Union Army. He later became a pension office clerk in Washington, D.C. He was interred in Flushing Cemetery.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Maurice
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
John A. Searing

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