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Robert Franklin Walker


"Robert Franklin Walker, who is serving his fourth term as prosecuting attorney of Morgan county, is a native of that county, born November 29, 1850. . . .

Robert was educated at the state university, at Columbia, being graduated from the collegiate department in June, 1873, and from the law department in 1874, having studied his profession one year before entering the latter school. He taught before entering the university, and some while pursuing his studies. Prior to this time, from fourteen to seventeen years of age, he worked in printing offes at Versailles and Kansas City.

On receiving his license, Mr. Walker went to Young county, Texas, where he practiced his profession between one and two years, returning to MIssouri in the authumn of 1876, and opening an office at Versailles, the seat of justice of Morgan county. In that same autumn he was elected prosecuting attorney . . . . He is also associate editor with John A. Hanney, of the 'Weekly Gazette,' published at Versailles. He writes with a sharp pen."

[The Bench and Bar of The Bench and Bar of St. Louis, Kansas City, Jefferson City, and other Missouri Cities: Biographical Sketches 384-385 (Chicago: American Biographical Publishing Co., 1884)][online text]

According to the American National Biography (by Alfred S. Neely), Walker was elected attorney general of Missouri in 1892 and served until 1897. The ANB entry also notes: "He was also a poet, although a self-published and pseudonymous one. His book, Random Rhymes, was published around 1927 under the name R.E. Klawfera (when inverted, Ar Ef Walker)."


Robert Franklin Walker, Random Rhymes (1927)(?)
[published under the name R.E. Klawfera]

Bibliographical Sources

American National Biography

Research Resources

State Historical Society
Columbia, Missouri