Alexander Hamilton Conner

ALEXANDER HAMILTON CONNER
b. 5 August 1831, Conner’s Trading Post, Hamilton County, Indiana, to William and Elizabeth (Chapman) Conner
d. 29 May 1891, Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska

m/1. 1855
Helen Stevenson
b. 1833
d. 27 January 1856

m/2. 1865, Lawrenceburg, Anderson County, Kentucky
Katherine Willis
b. 8 August 1842, Bellevue, Campbell County, Kentucky, to William and Sara Hane (Tupman) Willis
d. 13 May 1911, South Haven, Van Buren County, Michigan

Children with Katherine Willis

  • William Willis Graves (1866-1930)
  • Sarah Katherine (1868-1963)
  • Elizabeth (1871-1873)

None of the children married.

Alexander lived in Noblesville, Hamilton County, and Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. Helen died in childbirth shortly after their marriage; the child died, too. He attended New York Law School at Poughkeepsie, and was admitted to the bar. He was a member of the Indiana General Assembly, but lost his bid for U.S. Senate three times. He was actively involved in the campaign for Abraham Lincoln. He was appointed postmaster of Indianapolis in 1861. He and two others owned the Indianapolis Journal for several years, selling it in 1870. He was chairman of the Republican Central Committee 1868-1872. In 1872, he moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he practiced law. He was a member of the Nebraska State Senate for three terms, serving as its president for two years.

Submitted by:
Marion G. Harcourt
Indianapolis IN

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