Biography of Alfred A. Lamkin
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ALFRED A. LAMKIN.
The sturdy stock of the Empire state has contributed largely to the progress and prosperity of every state in the west. Of such stock is Judge Alfred A. Lamkin, of Sheridan township, Jasper county, Missouri, who has been a resident of the county since 1866, and besides being one of its prominent farmers has ably filled the office of county judge and otherwise served the interests of his fellow citizens.

Judge Lambkin was born in Cayuga county, New York, June 30, 1833, and the same year was brought with his father's family to Seneca county, Ohio. His parents were Sylvester H. and Lucy (Rice) Lamkin, natives of Cayuga county, New York. The boy was reared and educated in Seneca county, Ohio, and began his active life there. April 18, 1861, he enlisted in the Seventh Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, with which he served three months, reenlisting in the Twenty fifth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, with which organization he was in active service until November, 1863. He spent the winter of 1863-4 at his home in Ohio, and in May, 1864, went to Harper's Ferry, Virginia, and attached himself to the train of the Second Brigade, Sixth Army Corps, with which he served until the fall of 1865. He was in active service in the Army of the Potomac until the battle of Gettysburg, and after that, until his temporary stay at home, was connected with an ambulance corps of the Army of the Potomac which served in South Carolina.

After the war he returned to his Ohio home, and in 1866 was married, in Seneca county, Ohio, to Miss Martha Fleet, daughter of Abraham Fleet, who came to Jasper county, Missouri, in 1866, and located in Sheridan township, where he was prominent in all public affairs and is well remembered for having, with Judge McGregor, fought the scheme to compel Jasper county to liquidate bonds issued in favor of a railway company. Mr. Fleet was a native of Steuben county, New York, and died in Sheridan township, Jasper county, Missouri, August 1, 1896, aged eighty six years. After the war Mr. Lamkin removed to Jasper county, Missouri, where he has lived continuously since 1866 and has been active in Republican politics. He cast his first presidential vote for General Fremont in 1856, and from that time to this he has never voted for a presidential candidates other than a Republican. He was township clerk of Sheridan township for four years, during the entire period of the maintenance of the township organization. In 1891 he was elected county judge, an office which he filled two years with distinguished credit. He has lived on his present farm since he came to the county. It now consists of three hundred and sixty six acres, on which are a fine residence, ample farm buildings and other appointments and conveniences. Mr. and Mrs. Lamkin have two children, Tillie, who is the wife of John M. Richardson, of Lincoln township, Jasper county, Missouri; and Harry S., who is a member of his father's household.

Mr. Lamkin is now able to look back over such a career of industry and usefulness as must be most satisfactory to any right minded man. As a farmer he has been a leader in improvement and development. As a citizen he has been public spirited in the highest degree. As a public official he has been faithful to every trust, great and small, that has been reposed in him.

From:
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Chiago 1901


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