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Alexander Kelly McClure


 

Sessions

Session Office Position District Party
1861 18 Republican
1862 18 Republican
1873 4 Republican
1874 4 Republican
 Counties   Adams, Franklin, Fulton, Philadelphia

Biography

01/09/1828 - 06/06/1909

Alexander Kelly McClure (R18) Adams, Franklin, Fulton Counties 1861-1862 (Liberal R4) Philadelphia County 1873-1874

Early Life:

Alexander Kelly McClureborn, January 9, 1828, Sherman’s Dale, Perry County, Pennsylvania; son of Alexander and Isabella Anderson McClure; commissioned, major and assistant adjutant general, United States Army, Civil War, 1862-1863; tanner; teacher; proprietor and editor, Juniata Sentinel, 1846-1852; appointed, deputy United States Marshall, Juniata County, 1850; married Matilda S. Gray, married Cora M. Gratz, 1879,; unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania Auditor General, 1853; publisher and editor, Franklin Repository and Whig, 1853-1855; gubernatorial appointee, superintendent of public printing, 1855; studied law, attorney, admitted, Franklin bar 1855-1909; gubernatorial appointee, superintendent, Erie and Northeast Railroad, 1856; elected, delegate, Republican National Conventional, 1856, 1864, 1869; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1857-1858; not a candidate for reelection, 1859; reelected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1864; not a candidate for reelection, 1865; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1861-1862, elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1873-1874; investor, officer, Philadelphia-based Montana Gold and Silver Mining Company; incorporator, Curtin-McClure Oil Company, Venango County; publisher and editor, Franklin Repository, 1863-1867; unsuccessful campaign, mayor, Philadelphia, 1873; author; publisher and editor-in-chief, Philadelphia Times, 1875-1902; prothonotary, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (1903); died, June 6, 1909, Wallingford, Delaware County, Pennsylvania; interred, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Commissioned, major and assistant adjutant general, United States Army, Civil War, 1862-1863. 

Tanner; teacher; proprietor and editor, Juniata Sentinel, 1846-1852; publisher and editor, Franklin Repository and Whig, 1853-1855; publisher and editor, Franklin Repository, 1863-1867; author; publisher and editor-in-chief, Philadelphia Times, 1875-1902; attorney, 1855-1909; investor, officer, Philadelphia-based Montana Gold and Silver Mining Company; collaborated, Governor Andrew Curtin, incorporator, Curtin-McClure Oil Company, Venango County.

Bibliography

McClure, Alexander K.  Three Thousand Miles Through the Rocky Mountains. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1869.

McClure, Alexander K.  Bohemia: Official Publication of the International League of Press Clubs for the Building and Endowment of the Journalists Home.  Vol I.  Philadelphia: The International League of Press Clubs, 1904.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Appointed, President Millard Fillmore, deputy United States Marshall, Juniata County, 1850.

Unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania Auditor General, 1853.

Gubernatorial appointee, Governor James Pollock, superintendent, public printing, 1855.

Gubernatorial appointee, Governor James Pollock, superintendent, Erie and Northeast Railroad, 1856.

Elected, delegate, Republican National Conventional, 1856, 1864, 1869.

Elected, Republican, Franklin and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1857-1858; not a candidate for reelection, 1859; reelected, Republican, Franklin and Perry Counties, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1864; not a candidate for reelection, 1865.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate 18th district, Adams, Franklin, Fulton Counties, 1861-1862; chair, Military Affairs Committee.

Elected, Liberal Republican Pennsylvania State Senate 4th district, Philadelphia County, 1873-1874; member, Constitutional Reform (Sub-committee No.3, 1874) Finance, Municipal Affairs, Retrenchment and Reform and Roads and Bridges Committees.  

Unsuccessful campaign, mayor, Philadelphia, 1873.

Prothonotary, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1903.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/BiosHistory/MemBio.cfm?ID=7768&body=H

Legacy:

During the United States Civil War, Confederate forces threatened McClure's home in Chambersburg several times. McClure was captured but released when General J.E.B. Stuart entered Chambersburg on his raid around General George McClellan's army in October 1862. The following July, Confederates under then Colonel Eppa Hunton crossed the Potomac River and destroyed railroad property in Chambersburg en route to the Battle of Gettysburg, but noted McClure's hospitality. Days before the battle of Gettysburg, Confederate General Albert Jenkins was a guest at McClure's house. McClure personally met with General Robert E. Lee during the second occupancy of Chambersburg by the Confederate army.

In 1864, during the Confederacy's third occupation of Chambersburg, when the town was unable to pay ransom demanded by General Jubal Early, Confederates burned McClure's home, Norland along with much of the rest of the town, the home was rebuilt and sold to Wilson College. The building that housed the Franklin Repository newspaper operations was also destroyed in the blaze. July 30, 1864.

Named in his honor, Alexander K. McClure School, historic elementary school located, Hunting Park neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. McClure, borough, founded, 1867, Snyder County, Pennsylvania.

Law Partner Senator John Stewart (R33) Franklin and Huntingdon Counties 1881-1884; Elected, President Judge, 39th Judicial District, Franklin County 1889-1905. Associate justice, State Supreme Court, 1905-1920

Cited: 

Smull, J.A., (Ed.) (1873) Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 514 and 522-524.

Smull, J.A., (Ed.) (1874) Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 519and 525-527.