Alexander Scott Douglas

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Alexander Scott Douglas was the son of Alexander Douglas and Janette Simonton, born in the Fairfield district on 25th December 1833.

He was educated at Erskine College at Due West in 1850-1853. After studying law under ex-Governor B.F. Perry in Greenville, Douglas entered the University of Virginia in 1854 and was admitted to practice law in courts of appeal in Columbia in December 1856.

In 1857, he became co-proprietor and editor of the Spartanburg Express. In 1860, he was a delegate from Spartanburg to the State Democratic Convention.

The following year, 1861, he was elected junior second lieutent of Co. C, Thirteenth Regiment, S.C.V. Lieut Douglas was with his regiment during the severe days around Richmond and was engaged in the battles of Gaine's Hill and Cold Harbor. hHe was with the Confedarate Army in its advance up the Rappahannock River and was with General Jackson in his great movement to Manassas Junction in the rear of General Pope's army. He was in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Falling Waters, Mine Run, Wilderness, Spottsylvania Court House, Jerico Ford, Second Cold Harbor, Riddle's Shop, the attack at Petersburg in front of the line, Deep Bottom, Fussell's Mill, in which engagement he was wounded, and in consequence of which he was absent from the army until October of the same year, when he returned to his command, after which his regiment was engaged until the surrender at Appotomox Court House.

In Janaury 1865, Mr Douglas began to practice law in Winnsboro, where he has resided til his death.

He was a member of the State legislature from Fairfield County during the 1882-83 session.

In November 1860, he married Miss Mary E. Byres of Union District and by this marriage has two sons living (at the time of his death), one of whom, W.D. Douglas, was associated with him in the practice of law.

In 1878, he married Miss Sallie M. McCants, daughter of James B. McCants of Winnsboro, and who was his law partner until his death in 1880. By this marriage he had three children living (at the time of his death), two daughters and a son.  Laura Glen was to become a renowned artist.

He was an elder in the Presbyterian church at Winnsboro at the time of his death and had been superintendent of its Sunday school up to a few years be fore his death.

He died in Winnsboro on 5th Janaury 1914.

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