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MITCHELL, Alexander

1817–1887

Biography

MITCHELL, Alexander, (father of John Lendrum Mitchell), a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, October 18, 1817; attended the parish schools and completed a commercial course; studied law; became a banking-house clerk; immigrated to the United States in 1839 and settled in Milwaukee, Wis.; engaged in banking; president of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad Co. 1864-1887; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1868 to the Forty-first Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1875); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1874; nominated in 1877 for Governor, but declined to be a candidate; resumed banking interests; died while on a visit in New York City April 19, 1887; interment in Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wis.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

State Historical Society of Wisconsin

Madison, WI
Papers: Correspondence of Alexander Mitchell and of John L. Mitchell, 1859-189-?. ca. 250 items. Letters include his Civil War service, political activities, railroad investments, and other financial enterprises.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Butler, James Davie. Alexander Mitchell. Madison: N.p., 1888.

------. Alexander Mitchell, the financier. [Madison, Wis.: N.p., 1888].

Mitchell, Alexander. American shipping and ship-building. Speech of Hon. Alexander Mitchell ... delivered in the House of Representatives, April 6, 1872. Washington: F. & J. Rives & G. A. Bailey, printers, 1872.

------. Currency and free banking. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1874.

------. Financial record extra. [N. p., 1874].

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