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BUCK, Alfred Eliab (1832-1902)

BUCK, ALFRED ELIAB, a Representative from Alabama; born in Foxcroft, Piscataquis County, Maine, February 7, 1832; was graduated from Waterville (Maine) College in 1859; during the Civil War entered the Union Army as captain of Company C, Thirteenth Regiment, Maine Volunteer Infantry; appointed lieutenant colonel of the Ninety-first United States Colored Troops in August 1863; transferred to the Fifty-first United States Colored Troops in October 1864; brevetted colonel of Volunteers for gallant conduct; mustered out of the service at Baton Rouge, La., in June 1866; delegate to the constitutional convention of Alabama in 1867; clerk of the circuit court of Mobile County in 1867 and 1868; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1871); appointed president of the city council of Mobile in 1873; served as clerk of the United States circuit and district courts in Atlanta, Ga., 1874-1889; United States marshal for the northern district of Georgia 1889-1893; appointed Minister to Japan by President William McKinley in April 1897 and served until his death in Tokyo, Japan, on December 4, 1902; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

Auburn University
Auburn, AL
Papers: Alfred Elias Buck scrapbook collection, 1889-1900. 1 roll of microfilm.
Originals at Colby University. Clippings and other material concerning activities of Georgia Republican Party, possible union of Republican and Populist Parties, and possible federal appointment for Buck. Finding aid in repository.

  • Bhurtel, Shyam Krishna. "Alfred Eliab Buck: Carpetbagger in Alabama and Georgia." Ph.D. diss., Auburn University, 1981.