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James Church Alvord

  • Birth 14 Apr 1808 Greenwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 27 Sep 1839 Greenfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Cenotaph Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Plot Range 57, Site 141
  • Memorial ID 22633854

US Congressman. Elected as a Whig to represent Massachusetts' 6th District in the US House of Representatives, he served for six months in 1839. His death came before the Congress assembled. Alvord was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts. An 1827 graduate of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, he was admitted to the bar in 1830 and returned to his hometown to set up practice. He was professor pro tempore at the Cambridge Law School (1833), a member of the State House of Representatives (1837) and the State Senate (1838). During his time in the Massachusetts Legislature Alvord established himself as a strong-voiced abolitionist, and he was also opposed to the annexation of Texas. This alone would have made him a lively debater in the US House had he lived to take his seat there. He died at 31 of an intestinal ailment, at his home in Greenfield. There is a cenotaph for him at Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC.

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  • Originally Created by: Marie & Dale V.
  • Added: 3 Nov 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22633854
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Church Alvord (14 Apr 1808–27 Sep 1839), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22633854, citing Congressional Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .