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REX NELSON: Along Carpetbaggers' Row

By Rex Nelson

This article was published March 2, 2016 at 2:57 a.m.

Like many Americans of his era, Alexander McDonald sought adventure by traveling west. He was born in April 1832 in Pennsylvania and headed to the Kansas Territory in 1857 in search of his fortune. McDonald and his brother operated a sawmill and later got into banking. He was living at Fort Scott, Kan., when the Civil War broke out and quickly volunteered for the Union Army. Soon, he was making money by supplying Union troops.

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