Alexander Boteler

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Alexander Boteler

Alexander Robinson Boteler (May 16, 1815 – May 8, 1892) was a nineteenth-century politician and clerk from Virginia.

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Born in Shepherdstown, Virginia (now West Virginia), Boteler graduated from Princeton College in 1835 and engaged in agriculture and literary pursuits. He was elected an Oppositionist to the United State House of Representatives in 1858, serving from 1859 to 1861. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in the Confederate Army and was a member of General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's staff. Boteler was chosen by the Virginia Convention to be a representative to the Provisional Confederate Congress in 1861 and was later elected a Democrat to represent Virginia's 10th District in the Confederate States House of Representatives in 1861, serving from 1862 to 1864. After the war, he was appointed a member of the Centennial Commission in 1876 and was later appointed a member of the Tariff Commission by President Chester A. Arthur and was made a pardon clerk in the Department of Justice by Attorney General Benjamin H. Brewster. Boteler died in Shepherdstown, West Virginia on May 8, 1892 and was interred there at Elmwood Cemetery with his wife Helen Stockon Boteler.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles J. Faulkner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 8th congressional district

March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1861
Succeeded by
James K. Gibson(1)
Confederate States House of Representatives
New office Representative to the Provisional
Confederate Congress from Virginia

1861 – 1862
Office abolished
Member of the C.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia

February 18, 1862 – February 17, 1864
Succeeded by
Frederick W.M. Holliday
Notes and references
1. Because of Virginia's secession, the House seat was vacant for almost nine years before Gibson succeeded Boteler.