McDONALD, Alexander, (1832 - 1903)

Senate Years of Service: 1868-1871
Party: Republican

McDONALD, Alexander, a Senator from Arkansas; born near Lock Haven, Clinton County, Pa., April 10, 1832; attended Dickinson Seminary, Williamsport, Pa., and Lewisburg University, Lewisburg, Pa.; moved to Kansas in 1857 and engaged in general business; served in the Union Army during the Civil War; became interested in banking in Arkansas in 1863 and finally settled in Little Rock; member of the State constitutional convention; upon the readmission of the State of Arkansas to representation was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from June 22, 1868, to March 3, 1871; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1870; commissioned by President Chester Arthur to examine the conditions of two divisions of the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1885; engaged in development of railroads; moved to New York City in 1900; died in Norwood Park, St. Lawrence County, N.Y., December 13, 1903; interment in Highland Cemetery, Lock Haven, Pa.