ALGER, Russell Alexander (1836-1907)

ALGER, RUSSELL ALEXANDER, a Senator from Michigan; born in Lafayette Township, Medina County, Ohio, February 27, 1836; worked on a farm; attended Richfield Academy, Summit County, Ohio; taught country school; studied law in Akron, Ohio; admitted to the bar in March 1859; moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., and engaged in the lumber business; moved to Detroit; served in the Union Army during the Civil War 1861-1865; brevetted as a major general, United States Volunteers; resumed the lumber business; elected Governor of Michigan in 1884; declined renomination in 1886; presidential elector on the Republican ticket in 1888; was appointed Secretary of War in the Cabinet of President William McKinley on March 5, 1897, and resigned August 1, 1899; appointed and subsequently elected as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James McMillan, and served from September 27, 1902, until his death in Washington, D.C., January 24, 1907; chairman, Committee on the Pacific Railroads (Fifty-ninth Congress); interment in Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.

Central Michigan University
Clarke Historical Library
Mt. Pleasant, MI
Papers: 1869, 1903. 1 invitation, 1 letter. Also photographs.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: Correspondence in William Giles Harding Carter papers, 1886-1919.

Knox College
Seymour Library
Galesburg, IL
Papers: 3 letters (May 31, 1886; June 19, 1886; and July 1, 1886) in the Post family papers, 1857-1895.

Proctor Free Library
Proctor, VT
Papers: Correspondence in Redfield Proctor papers, 1852-1954. Finding aid.

University of Michigan
William L. Clements Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1862-1907. 5 feet. Public correspondence chiefly from career as secretary of war during the Spanish American War and from his military career, military documents, and scrapbooks.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Miscellaneous items in the Junius Emery Beal papers, 1882-1946; John Jay Carton papers, 1883-1921; Thomas McIntyre Cooley papers, 1850-1898; Raymond Cazallis Davis papers, 1850-1917; Alpheus Felch papers, 1817-1896; Francis Willey Kelsey papers, 1894-1928; James Harvey Kidd papers, 1861-1910; Chase Salmon Osborn papers, 1889-1949; John Gibson Parkhurst papers, 1802-1914; Sligh family papers, 1842-1967; Oliver Lyman Spaulding papers, 1861-1921; L.S. Trowbridge papers, ca. 1842-1890; William Walter Wedemeyer, papers, 1890-1913; and William Herbert Withington papers, 1861-1909. Also clippings in the Willard family scrapbooks, ca. 1870-1910 and a report (1885) to Governor Alger on a strike at a sawmill.

University of West Florida
Pensacola, FL
Papers: In the Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company records, 1900-1964. 612 items. Letterbooks, general ledgers, and business papers of a company founded in 1900 by Alger. Finding aid.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In the Thomas Collier Platt papers, 1851-1915, which focus mainly on inner workings of Republican party in the state of New York, 1896-1909; and correspondence in the Carrington family papers, 1749-1929. Finding aid.
Research Libraries Information Network In addition to the institutions listed above, items are also cataloged in collections at: Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, CA; and Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

  • Alger, Russell Alexander.The Spanish-American War. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1901.
  • Bell, Rodney Ellis. "A Life of Russell Alexander Alger, 1836-1907.'' Ph.D. dissertation, University of Michigan, 1975.
  • Michigan. Legislature. Russell Alexander Alger, Late Senator in the Congress of the United States from Michigan. Lansing, 1907.
  • U.S. Congress. Russell Alexander Alger (Late a Senator from Michigan): Memorial Addresses. 59th Cong., 2d sess., 1906-1907. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1907.