biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
ALEXANDER N. CALDWELL, of White Oak Township is a farmer, stock-grower and shipper, and resides on section 28. He was born in East Tennessee, Oct. 12, 1839, and is a son of Thomas F. and Sarah (White) Caldwell, natives of Tennessee. In the year 1851 they removed from that State to Mahaska County, and followed the occupation of farming. The first named died March 8, 1855, and the latter Aug. 27, 1883. The subject of this sketch, Alexander N. Caldwell, was a lad of twelve years when his father came to this county, and has followed his present business all his life. Dec. 6, 1860, Mr. Caldwell was married to Miss Esther J. Canfield, a daughter of Sherman and Jerusha (Kinsman) Canfield. She died March 4, 1874, and Sept. 12, 1875, be was again married, Miss N. C. Stump, a daughter of Adam and Catherine (Kendig) Stump, and to them four children have been born: Charlie C., Earle S., Fred B. and Warren A. Politically Mr. CaIdwell is a Republican, and has served the people of his township as Assessor and in other minor offices, having just completed his sixth consecutive year of service as member of the Board of Supervisors of this county, the vexatious duties of which have been discharged in a manner entirely satisfactory to the whole people, and reflecting great credit to himself. On the expiration of his term of office, Mr. Caldwell was presented by his court-house associates with a handsome photograph album, containing photographs of all the county officers and the wives of those who were married. Friends, other than the county officers, at the same time presented him with an easy chair, on which he could rest, while refiecting on the past, and how, "through much tribulation," he saw arise the present handsome court-house structure, the erection of which is due to his energy and perseverance. His farm consists of 400 acres of very fertile land, all in the best possible state of cultivation, with a fine house, ample barns, sheds and other buildings essential to the conducting of his business of farmer and stock-raiser. There is much of indomitable push and energy in the composition of Mr. Caldwell. He foresees the end of an enterprise from its beginning, lays his plans accordingly, and in a systematic manner pursues the even tenor of his way. He is a successful farmer, because, combined with ability to execute, is his systematic method of doing things. In all his relations in life he has shown himself an honorable gentleman and a man of strict integrity, and these qualities commend him to the highest esteem of his many friends.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy