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Alexander (Aleck) BOARMAN

(1839-1916)

BOARMAN, Alexander (Aleck), a Representative from Louisiana; born in Yazoo City, Yazoo County, Miss., December 10, 1839; lost his parents in infancy and was raised by relatives in Shreveport, Caddo Parish, La.; attended the common schools of Shreveport, La., and Kentucky Military Institute at Frankfort; was graduated from the University of Kentucky at Lexington in 1860; at the outbreak of the Civil War enlisted in the Confederate Army and served as lieutenant of the Caddo Rifles; was subsequently promoted to the rank of captain and served throughout the war; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1866 and commenced practice in Shreveport, La.; mayor of Shreveport from May 7, 1866, to August 8, 1867; city attorney of Shreveport 1868-1872; unsuccessful candidate for election as secretary of state in 1872; elected as a Liberal Republican to the Forty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Representative-elect James McCleery and served from December 3, 1872, to March 3, 1873; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1872; resumed the practice of law in Shreveport, La.; judge of the tenth judicial district court, Caddo Parish, La., 1877-1880; appointed United States judge for the western district of Louisiana by President Garfield on May 18, 1881, and served until his death, while on a visit, at Loon Lake, Franklin County, N.Y., August 30, 1916; interment in Oakland Cemetery, Shreveport, La.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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