Armstead M. Alexander

Armstead Milton Alexander (* May 26, 1834 in Winchester, Kentucky; † November 7, 1892 in Paris, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1883 and 1885 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Even in his childhood came Armstead Alexander with his parents in the Monroe County, Missouri, where the family settled near the town of Paris. There he attended the public schools and was trained as a blacksmith. In 1849 he joined the gold rush in California and worked for a time in the gold mining business. Later he returned to the East, where he attended Bethany College in 1853 in what is now West Virginia. He then returned to Paris, where he worked as a private businessman.

During the Civil War, Alexander served as a soldier in the army of the Confederacy. After a subsequent law degree in 1870 and its recent approval as a lawyer he began in Paris to work in this profession. Between 1872 and 1876 he was a prosecutor in Monroe County. Politically, Alexander member of the Democratic Party. In 1875 he participated in a meeting to revise the constitution of Missouri as a delegate.

In the congressional elections of 1882 Alexander was in the second electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of James Henry McLean on March 4, 1883. Since he was not nominated by his party for re-election in 1884, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1885. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Armstead Alexander practiced as a lawyer again. He died on November 7, 1892 in Paris, where he was also buried.

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