William Walker, the Dictator of Nicaragua in 1857, the son of Mary Norvell Walker, was clearly influenced by his family and drawn to politics – he would later become a military leader.
During the early 19th century, his family in Nashville was the local equivalent of the Kennedys today. Here are nine sons of Lipscomb Norvell and their professions:
1. Moses Norvell ( born 1786 in Kentucky – died 1853 in Nashville Tennessee) newspaper editor, politician, and businessman.
2. John Norvell (born 1789 in Kentucky- died 1850 in Detroit, Michigan) veteran War of 1812, newspaper editor, politician, member of the Michigan Constitutional Convention, and US Senator from Michigan.
3. Joshua Norvell (born 1790 in Kentucky- died 1821 in Havana, Cuba) veteran War of 1812, journalist, lawyer, US attorney for Arkansas, politician, US consul to St. Barts.
4. Joseph Norvell (born 1793 in Kentucky- died1847 in Nashville) veteran War of 1812, newspaper editor, politician, and businessman.
5. Lipscomb Norvell, Jr. (born 1795 in Kentucky – died 1877 in Jasper, Texas) veteran War of 1812, lawyer, Kentucky legislator, Texas postmaster and legislator.
6. Thomas Norvell (born 1798 in Kentucky – died 1843 in New Orleans, Louisiana) postmaster of New Orleans and physician, died of yellow fever.
7. William Norvell (born 1803 in Kentucky -died1875 in Carlisle, Kentucky) lawyer, judge, and politician.
8. Hendrick Norvell (born 1808 in Kentucky -died1837 in Nashville, Tennessee) midshipman in the Navy, died of tuberculosis.
9. Caleb Cushing Norvell ( born 1813 in Kentucky – died1891 in Washington, DC) newspaper man, publisher, and financial editor of The New York Times.
A history of William Walker’s life written in 1902 notes that by the time he was 25 he had already tried three professions: medicine, law, and journalism — all directly due to the impact of his family in Nashville.