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Background

Alexander Caldwell was born on March 1 , 1830.

He attended the public schools; enlisted in 1847 as a private in the Mexican War; moved to Columbia, Pa., in 1848; employed in a bank and subsequently went into business for himself; moved to Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1861 and engaged in the transportation of military supplies to the various posts on the plains; engaged in the building of railroads, especially the Missouri River and Kansas Central Railroad; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1871, to March 24, 1873, when he resigned; manufactured wagons and carriages 1877-1897; president of the First National Bank of Leavenworth 1897-1915; died in Kansas City, Mo., May 19, 1917; interment in Mount Muncie Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kansas.

Education

He received a common school education, and in the Mexican war served as a private in the company commanded by his father.

Politics

He was a devout Republican, speaking against Southern abuses against freed blacks and supporting the Enforcement act of 1871, which used the law against the Ku Klux Klan. He was named to the Senate committees on naval affairs, the District of Columbia, and mines and mining.

Connections

father:
James Caldwell

mother:
Jane Matilda Caldwell

Wife:
Pace A. Heise