I just recently bought a copy of an old Harper's Weekly that had a short article on General Alcorn. The text is below. You can view/print a scan of the actual article, including portrait, at
GENERAL J.L. ALCORN, Governor-elect of Mississippi, whose portrait will be found on this page, was born in 1816, in what was then the Territory of Illinois. At early age he entered college, but remained there only a few terms, leaving his studies to enter upon active life as deputy to his uncle, the sheriff of Livingston County, Kentucky. He subsequently became sheriff, and was afterward elected by the Whigs to the Lower House of the State Legislature. In 1846 he removed, with his family, to Mississippi, and settled in Coahoma County, where he has since resided. Here he commenced the practice of law. He was soon afterward elected to the State Legislature; and at the same time was chosen by the Whigs in his old district to represent them in the Legislature of Kentucky. He was a member of the Mississippi Legislature for twenty years. Strongly opposed to secession, he was elected to the Convention of 1861 as a Unionist; but finding his efforts to prevent the secession of the State unavailing, he case in his fortunes with the South, and was appointed a Brigadier-General. After serving some time in the field, he retired from active duty, and was elected to the State Legislature, where he strongly opposed the policy advocated by the more desperate leaders of the rebellion. At great personal risk he protested against the law exempting slaveholders from service in the Confederate army, and declared the wholesale conscription measure enforced throughout the Southern States to be a confession of failure.
On the close of the war General ALCORN was elected to the United States Senate, but was not allowed to take his seat. He has since identified himself with the Republican party of his State, and has recently been elected Governor by a large majority.
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