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Edwin Walker to Run for Governor of Texas as Democrat

Feb. 2, 1962 - Edwin A. Walker (pictured right with evangelist Billy James Hargis), former Army major general, filed today as a Democratic candidate for Governor of Texas. Among his opponents will be Gov. Price Daniel, who also announced his candidacy today. Mr. Walker, 53, listed his occupation as “soldier” on the official filing application. He flew to Austin today in a private plane and refused to answer most questions asked by reporters. Mr. Walker has been affiliated with groups considered to be of the extreme Right. He resigned from the Army and thus forfeited a $12,000-a-year pension after he had been relieved of command of the 24th Infantry Division in Germany. The resignation came in the wake of a controversy over indoctrination of troops. Mr. Walker was a combat commander during World War II and in the Korean War. He holds the Silver Star and the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf cluster. In 1957, he commanded the troops sent to Little Rock, Ark., in the desegregation disturbances there.

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