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Alexander Duncan

  • Birth 1788 Morris County, New Jersey, USA
  • Death 23 Mar 1853 Madisonville, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
  • Burial Madisonville, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
  • Plot Section J
  • Memorial ID 8122671

U.S. Congressman, Physician. Born in Bottle Hill (now Madison), Morris County, New Jersey, he studied medicine and practiced as a physician. He moved to Ohio and settled in Cincinnati to continue his profession. Duncan was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives and served from 1828 to 1832 and then became a member of the Ohio State Senate from 1832 to 1834. A member of the Democratic Party, he was elected to represent Ohio's 1st District in the United States House of Representatives and served from 1837 to 1841 and again from 1843 to 1845. While a Congressman, he was nicknamed "Bully" by his colleagues and was the principal mover in pursuing the Same Day Election Act of 1845. He sought the bill to curtail corruption at the poles which he blamed for losing his bid for reelection in 1840, but when the act was passed, it was restricted to presidential electors. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1844. He returned to Cincinnati and resumed his profession as a doctor. Duncan died in Madisonville, near Cincinnati, in 1853. His father, James Duncan, was a minister and an abolitionist in Indiana who published a treatise on the evils of slavery in 1824.

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  • Originally Created by: Peterborough "K"
  • Added: 23 Nov 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8122671
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alexander Duncan (1788–23 Mar 1853), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8122671, citing Laurel IOOF Cemetery, Madisonville, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .