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Alexander Barkley (May 4, 1817 Argylemarker, Washington County, New Yorkmarker - January 2, 1893 Argyle, Washington County, NY) was an American politician from New Yorkmarker.


He was the son of James Barkley (1789-1843) and Margaret (MacDougall) Barkley (1795-1857).

In 1861, he was appointed Superintendent of Canal Repairs for Sections 1 and 2 of the Champlain Canalmarker.

In 1868, he ran for Canal Commissioner on the Republican ticket but was defeated by Democrat Oliver Bascom. In 1870, he ran again but was again defeated, this time by the incumbent Democrat George W. Chapman. In 1871, he ran again and was elected, being in office from 1872 to 1874. In 1874, he was defeated for re-election by Democrat Adin Thayer. During the investigation of the Canal Ring, Barkley was indicted by a grand jury in Buffalo, New Yorkmarker for conspiracy.

He was buried at the Prospect Hill Cemetery in Argyle, NY.


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