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Alexander "Aleck" Boarman
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana|
May 18, 1881 – August 30, 1916
|Appointed by||James A. Garfield|
|Preceded by||Seat established by 21 Stat. 507|
|Succeeded by||George W. Jack|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 4th district
December 3, 1872 – March 3, 1873
|Preceded by||James McCleery|
|Succeeded by||George Luke Smith|
|Mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana|
|Preceded by||Samuel Wells|
|Succeeded by||Lewis S. Markham|
December 10, 1839
Yazoo City, Mississippi
|Died||August 30, 1916
Loon Lake, New York
|Resting place||Oakland Cemetery
|Political party||Liberal Republican|
|Allegiance||Confederate States of America|
|Branch/service||Confederate States of America Army|
|Years of service||1861–1865|
|Unit|| 1st Louisiana Infantry
Army of Northern Virginia
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
Alexander "Aleck" Boarman (December 10, 1839 – August 30, 1916) was a United States Representative from Louisiana and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. Previously, he served in the Confederate States Army and as Mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana.
Education and career
Born on December 10, 1839, in Yazoo City, Yazoo County, Mississippi, Boarman lost his parents in infancy and was raised by relatives in Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana. He attended the common schools of Shreveport and Kentucky Military Institute in Franklin, Kentucky, graduated from Kentucky University (now Transylvania University) in 1860 and read law in 1860. At the outbreak of the American Civil War, he enlisted in the Confederate States Army and served as lieutenant of the Caddo Rifles. He was subsequently promoted to the rank of captain and served throughout the war. He entered private practice in Shreveport from 1866 to 1868. He was the Mayor of Shreveport from May 7, 1866 to August 8, 1867. He was city attorney for Shreveport from 1868 to 1872. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election as Secretary of State of Louisiana in 1872.
Civil War service
Boarman's regiment, the 1st Louisiana Infantry, became part of the Army of Northern Virginia. After one year of fighting, Boarman was promoted to the rank of captain in the Confederate States Army, which he held until 1865. He served as the acting assistant Adjutant-General in the Battle of Winchester. His commanding office wrote of the engagement:
I would call particular attention to Capt. Alexander Boarman, acting assistant adjutant-general, and Lieut. Joseph Taylor, acting aide-de-camp, who behaved with much courage, gallantry, and efficiency, and greatly assisted me in the engagement.
Boarman was elected as a Liberal Republican from Louisiana's 4th congressional district to the United States House of Representatives of the 42nd United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative-elect James McCleery and served from December 3, 1872, to March 3, 1873. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1872.
Following his departure from Congress, Boarman resumed private practice in Shreveport from 1873 to 1877. He was a Judge of the Louisiana District Court for the Tenth Judicial District from 1877 to 1881.
Federal judicial service
Boarman was nominated by President James A. Garfield on May 18, 1881, to the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, to a new seat authorized by 21 Stat. 507. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 18, 1881, and received his commission the same day. His service terminated on August 30, 1916, due to his death while on a visit in Loon Lake, Franklin County, New York. He was interred in Oakland Cemetery in Shreveport.
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