Biography of Alexander McLennan
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Alexander McLennan conducts a large real estate business in Marengo under the name of the McLennan Land Company and is recognized as a far sighted and aggressive real estate dealer. He was born in Elmira, Illinois, on the line between Stark and Henry counties, on the 5th of August, 1869, a son of Murdoch and Johanna (Macbeth) McLennan. The parents were natives of Rossshire, Scotland, where they were reared and married and where one child was born to them but it died on the journey across the ocean to America. They located immediately in Stark county, Illinois, where the father found work as a farm hand and subsequently he engaged in agricultural pursuits on his own account. After about eight years, or in 1878, he came to Iowa with his family, taking up his residence in Hilton township, Iowa county, on a farm of one hundred and sixty acres two miles southeast of Conroy. This place, to which he still holds title, is today one of the finest farms in the county and, in fact, there is no better land in the state. He also owns an eighty acre tract in Pottawattamie county. In 1906 he removed to Marengo where he is now living retired. In 1885 he was called upon to mourn the death of his wife.

Alexander McLennan was reared in his parents' home and as a boy attended the public schools. Later he entered Highland Park College of Des Moines and there completed his education. On leaving that institution he returned to the farm and gave his time during the summer months to agricultural pursuits, while during the winter for five years he taught school. In 1900 he was elected clerk of the courts of Iowa county and served two years in that capacity, discharging efficiently the duties devolving upon him. On the expiration of his term he returned home and farmed in partnership with his father until 1906, when the latter removed to Marengo. For the following three years Mr. McLennan of this review traveled through western North America from Mexico to Prince Rupert, British Columbia. At the end of that time he returned to Iowa to make his permanent home in this county, being convinced that there was no place that offered better opportunities or greater chances for successful achievement. He located in Marengo and in the fall of 1909 entered the real estate business, in which he continues. He confines his attention chiefly to Iowa farm lands and his practical experience as an agriculturist is of value to him, enabling him to correctly estimate the value of the properties which he handles. He is alert and quick to recognize business opportunities and is up to date and energetic in his methods and it is but natural that the volume of his business should increase from year to year. He negotiates many important realty transfers and his known reliability is proving a large factor in his success.

Mr. McLennan makes his home with his father in Marengo. He votes the republican ticket but his interest in public affairs is purely that of a private citizen, as his business activities do not leave him time for active participation in politics. He is identified with Masonry, belonging to Marengo Lodge, No. 114, A. F. & A. M.; Jerusalem Chapter, No. 72, R. A. M.; and Iowa Consistory, No. 2, A. & A. S. R., of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and he also holds membership in Hebron Lodge, I. O. O. F., and the Williamsburg lodge of the Knights of Pythias. He is one of the leaders in commercial circles in Marengo and the confidence which he has gained is fully deserved, as it is the result of his well directed labor in a field for which he is fitted by nature and training.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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