CRAIG, Alexander Kerr, (1828 - 1892)


CRAIG, Alexander Kerr, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born near Claysville, Buffalo Township, Washington County, Pa., February 21, 1828; attended the common schools and was educated by a private tutor; became a teacher at the age of sixteen; began the study of law, but devoted himself to agricultural pursuits; taught school in winter months and subsequently became principal of the Claysville public schools; enlisted in February 1865 in the Eighty-seventh Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry; resumed agricultural pursuits near Claysville; school director and justice of the peace; successfully contested as a Democrat the election of Andrew Stewart to the Fifty-second Congress and served from February 26, 1892, until his death in Claysville, Pa., July 29, 1892; interment in Claysville Cemetery.