Lived: May 08, 1824 – Sep 12, 1860 (age 36)
Education: University of Nashville · University of Pennsylvania
Parents: Lipscomb Norvell (Father) · James Walker
Predecessor: Patricio Rivas (President)
Successor: Máximo Jerez (President)
Previous offices: President of Nicaragua (1856 – 1857) · Republic of Sonora (1854 – 1854) · Republic of Baja California (1853 – 1854)Highlights
- 1851: William Walker first gained national attention after his duel with William Hicks Graham on January 12, 1851 in San Francisco.
- 1856: In April 1856, Costa Rican troops entered into Nicaraguan territory and inflicted a defeat on Walker’s men at the Second Battle of Rivas on April 11.
- 1857: On May 1, 1857, Walker surrendered to Commander Charles Henry Davis of the United States Navy under the pressure of Costa Rica and the Central American armies, and was repatriated.
- 1857: On June 12, 1857, Xatruch certainly made a triumphant entrance to Comayagua, which was then the capital of Honduras, after Walker surrendered.
- 1860: He was executed by the government of Honduras in 1860.
- 1860: Rudler was sentenced to 4 years in the mines, but Walker was sentenced to death, and executed by firing squad, near the site of the present-day hospital, on September 12, 1860.
William Walker’s Nicaragua map
(1855) William Walker sets off to conquer Nicaragua.
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