John R. Walsh

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John Richard Walsh
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1951
Preceded byForest Harness
Succeeded byJohn V. Beamer
49th Secretary of State of Indiana
In office
December 1, 1958 – November 30, 1960
GovernorHarold W. Handley
Preceded byFrank A. Lennings
Succeeded byCharles O. Hendricks
Personal details
Born(1913-05-22)May 22, 1913
Martinsville, Indiana, U.S.
DiedJanuary 23, 1975(1975-01-23) (aged 61)
Anderson, Indiana, U.S.
Resting placeGreenlawn Cemetery, Martinsville, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materIndiana University

John Richard Walsh (May 22, 1913 – January 23, 1975) was an American lawyer and politician who served one term as a U.S. Representative from Indiana from 1949 to 1951.

Early life and career

Born in Martinsville, Indiana, Walsh attended the local public schools and graduated from Indiana University Law School in 1934. He was admitted to the bar July 27, 1934, and engaged in the practice of law in Martinsville, Indiana, until 1941. He served as Morgan County attorney in 1935 and 1936, and deputy attorney general for the state of Indiana in 1941.

He served in the United States Army with the Thirty-fifth Infantry Division from May 18, 1942, until discharged as a technical sergeant June 15, 1943.

He returned to Indiana in 1943 and continued the practice of law in Anderson, Indiana. He was chief deputy prosecuting attorney of Madison County, Indiana, in 1945 and 1946, and probate commissioner for Madison County Circuit Court in 1948.

Congressional service

Walsh was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first Congress (January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1951). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1950 and for election in 1954 to the Eighty-fourth Congress, after which he resumed the practice of law in Anderson.

Post-Congressional career

Walsh served as member of the board of directors and as secretary-treasurer of the State Security Life Insurance Co. from 1953 to 1958. He served as Secretary of State of Indiana from December 1, 1958, to November 30, 1960. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1960.


He was county attorney of Madison County from 1964 to 1965 and remained a resident of Anderson, Indiana, until his death there on January 23, 1975. He was interred in Greenlawn Cemetery in his hometown of Martinsville.


  • United States Congress. "John R. Walsh (id: W000100)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank A. Lennings
Secretary of State of Indiana
Succeeded by
Charles O. Hendricks