Alfred Eliab BUCK, Congress, AL (1832-1902)


BUCK, Alfred Eliab, a Representative from Alabama; born in Foxcroft, Piscataquis County, Maine, February 7, 1832; was graduated from Waterville (Maine) College in 1859; during the Civil War entered the Union Army as captain of Company C, Thirteenth Regiment, Maine Volunteer Infantry; appointed lieutenant colonel of the Ninety-first United States Colored Troops in August 1863; transferred to the Fifty-first United States Colored Troops in October 1864; brevetted colonel of Volunteers for gallant conduct; mustered out of the service at Baton Rouge, La., in June 1866; delegate to the constitutional convention of Alabama in 1867; clerk of the circuit court of Mobile County in 1867 and 1868; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1871); appointed president of the city council of Mobile in 1873; served as clerk of the United States circuit and district courts in Atlanta, Ga., 1874-1889; United States marshal for the northern district of Georgia 1889-1893; appointed Minister to Japan by President William McKinley in April 1897 and served until his death in Tokyo, Japan, on December 4, 1902; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.


Bhurtel, Shyam Krishna. “Alfred Eliab Buck: Carpetbagger in Alabama and Georgia.” Ph.D. diss., Auburn University, 1981.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present