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Russell Alexander Alger

Residence Detroit MI; 25 years old. Enlisted on 10/2/1861 as a Captain. On 10/2/1861 he was commissioned into "C" Co. MI 2nd Cavalry He Resigned on 10/27/1862 On 10/30/1862 he was commissioned into Field & Staff MI 6th Cavalry He was discharged for promotion on 2/28/1863 On 6/11/1863 he was commissioned into Field & Staff MI 5th Cavalry He Resigned on 9/20/1864 (Commanding Brigade Jan to Aug 1864)He was listed as: * POW 7/1/1862 Boonville, MS (Paroled)* Wounded 7/1/1862 Boonville, MS * Wounded 7/8/1863 Boonsboro, MDPromotions:* Major 4/2/1862 * Lt Colonel 10/16/1862 * Colonel 2/28/1863 (As of 5th MI Cav) * Brig-General 6/11/1864 by Brevet * Major-Gen 6/11/1866 by Brevet Intra Regimental Company Transfers: * 4/2/1862 from company C to Field & Staff (As of MI 2nd Cav) Other Information:born 2/27/1836 in Lafayette Twps, Median Co., OH died 1/24/1907 in Washington, DC Buried: Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, MI (After War was Governor of MI and Sec of War in McKinley's cabinet) After the War he lived in Detroit, MI

RUSSELL ALEXANDER ALGER,a Senator from Michigan; born in a log cabin in Lafayette Township, Medina County, Ohio on February 27, 1836. He worked on a farm and attended Richfield Academy in Summit County, Ohio. Later, Alger taught country school and studied law in Akron, Ohio. He was admitted to the bar in March 1859. In 1859 Alger moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan where he engaged in the lumber business, then later moved to moved to Detroit.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, Alger entered the volunteer service as Captain of Company C, 2nd Michigan Cavalrywhen it organized in the summer of 1861. He subsequently became Major of the 2nd Michigan. Alger received promotion to Lieutenant Colonel and transferred to the 6th Michigan Cavalry, then received another promotion to Colonel and assumed command of the 5th Michigan Cavalry. Alger resigned from the service on September 20, 1864 whereupon he was brevetted Brigadier General, then Major General of the United States Volunteers for gallant and meritorious services on many battlefields, and especially at Gettysburg and in the Shenandoah Valley during the war.
Following his military service, Alger returned to Detroit, where he resided the rest of his life. He engaged for a number of years in the lumber business in Detroit, where he amassed a large fortune, became a leading lumberman. He became active in politics and in 1884 was sent to the Republican National Convention as the delegate from Michigan, 1884. That year, Alger was elected Governor of Michigan, serving from 1885 to 1887. Alger declined a second nomination in 1886. More than once has the name and record of the soldier-statesman of Michigan was seriously considered by the Republican party when casting about for an available candidate for President of the United States. He was the Republican nomination for President in 1888. He was appointed Secretary of War in the Cabinet of President William McKinley on March 5, 1897 but he proved to be a timid and inexperienced leader. Sadly, “Algerism” became a synonym for incompetence and he resigned August 1, 1899.
Alger was appointed and subsequently elected as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill a vacancy resulting from the death of James McMillan, and served from September 27, 1902, until his death in Washington, D.C., January 24, 1907. During his seat in the Senate, Alger served as Chairman for the Committee on Coast Defenses (Fifty-ninth Congress), and was on the Committee on the Pacific Railroads (Fifty-ninth Congress). He is entombed in a mausoleum in Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan.
Alger was an active in the Grand Army of the Republic, and was chosen commander-in-chief of that organization in 1890. In addition he was a member of the Loyal Legion, and the Freemasons. Alger County is named for him.

A monument, consisting of a bronze bust of Russell A. Alger mounted on a stone pedestal, sits on the grounds of the William G. Mather High School at Elm Avenue and Chocolay Street in Munising, Michigan. It was erected in June, 1909 with funds provided by the heirs of Alger and by the Board of Education of the Munising Township Schools. The inscription reads:

Feb. 27, 1836 - Jan. 24, 1907.
Brevet Major General, U. S. V.,
Governor of Michigan, Secretary of War, U. S. Senator, for whom this county was named

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