Biography of Alexander H. Duke
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ALEXANDER H. DUKE is of the firm of Duke Bros.' bakery and confectionery, which was established in 1860. He is a native of Ross County, Ohio; was born September 15, 1840, and when but an infant his parents located at Delphi, Ind His father, David D., was a native of Pennsylvania and of German descent His mother, Jane Duke, was born in Kentucky, of Irish parents. They reared a family of nine children, Alexander H. being the eldest. D. D. Duke was a miller by trade, and has for the past twenty years been proprietor of a bakery and confectionery store, now located at Silver Lake, Ind. A. H. Duke acquired a good common school education. He assisted his father in the mill until he was twenty years of age, when he enlisted in Company C, Forty sixth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, in the Thirteenth Army Corps and Fourth Division, which formed a part of the Army of the Gulf. He participated in the following hard fought battles: St. Charles, Ark., Grand Gulf, Magnolia Hill, Raymond, Miss., Champion Hill, Vicksburg, Jackson, and then with Gen. Bank's division, and during this raid his regiment was defeated for the first time. He served for three years and four months, and was honorably discharged December 10, 1864. During the second year of his service, he was promoted as First Duty Sergeant. After he was discharged, he returned to his home in Kokomo and engaged in the business which he has since followed. He was elected City Marshal in 1868 and in 1878 he was elected Sheriff of Howard County, serving one term. He is a Republican, and has been an active politician and a liberal supporter of of public enterprises. Mr. Duke was married, in 1869, to Miss Louisa Clattabuck, of Eaton, Ohio. They have two children, May and Georgia. Mr. Duke is a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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