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Alexander R. McKee Biography

from Kentucky Biographies – Franklin County

Alexander R. McKee, born March 13, 1815, in Lancaster, Garrard County, Kentucky, was a lawyer by profession, and served as circuit and county clerk for twenty years.  In 1854 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and engaged in the coal business and also in real estate.  He went as a delegate and supporter to the National Convention in 1860, which nominated Lincoln for the presidency.  In 1861 Lincoln appointed him United States consul at Panama on the Isthmus, which office he held four years and was re-appointed in 1865.  He died at Panama September 3, 1865.  September 27, 1842, he married Martinette Hardin of Franklin County, Kentucky, a daughter of Martin and Elizabeth (Logan) Hardin.  The following are the names of the children born to them:  Lucy, wife of J. J. Mobley; Lizzie, wife of Howard Walcutt; Logan; Ada, wife of J. B. Heffner; Charlotte, wife of O. S. Walcutt, and Charles L.  Logan, the eldest son, was born March 1,1852, and was a small boy when his father died.  After that event the family moved back to Frankfort, Kentucky, and Logan clerked in a grocery store for three years.  He then clerked in a boot and shoe store for five years, and in 1879 went into business for himself, dealing in boots, shoes, dry goods, etc., in the city of Frankfort, remaining in business three years.  He was then reporter for the Cincinnati and Louisville papers, also the Frankfort and Lexington papers, for which he writes occasionally yet.  In 1884 he was appointed clerk to the assistant civil engineer of Kentucky River for one year.  In 1885 he bought a corn meal and hominy mill in Frankfort, and has been engaged in that business since.  He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and K. of H., also of the encampment and Patriarch Militant Odd Fellows.  He has passed all the chairs in the K. of H., has been representative to the Grand Lodge three times, and at present holds the office of High Priest.  All the family are members of the Presbyterian Church.

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