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Alvin Saunders

Alvin Saunders
10th Governor of Nebraska Territory
In office
May 15, 1861 – February 21, 1867
Preceded by Algernon S. Paddock
Succeeded by David Butler (as Governor of the State of Nebraska)
United States Senator
from Nebraska
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 4, 1883
Preceded by Phineas Hitchcock
Succeeded by Charles F. Manderson
Personal details
Born (1817-07-12)July 12, 1817
Fleming County, Kentucky
Died November 1, 1899(1899-11-01) (aged 82)
Omaha, Nebraska
Political party Republican

Alvin Saunders (July 12, 1817 – November 1, 1899) was a U.S. Senator from Nebraska, in the United States, as well as the final and longest serving governor of the Nebraska Territory, a tenure he served during most of the American Civil War.


Saunders was born in Fleming County, Kentucky. He attended the common schools and pursued an academic course; he moved with his father to Illinois in 1829 and then to Mount Pleasant, Iowa (then a part of Wisconsin Territory) in 1836.

Political career

He was the postmaster of Mount Pleasant for seven years. Saunders studied law but never entered into practice; instead, he engaged in mercantile pursuits and banking. He was a delegate to the Iowa State constitutional convention in 1846 and was a member of the Union Pacific Railroad Company.

He served as the last Governor of Nebraska Territory from 1861 to 1867. He was a delegate to the 1868 Republican National Convention. Saunders was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served a single term from March 4, 1877, to March 4, 1883; chairman of the Committee on Territories (Forty-seventh Congress). He died in Omaha on November 1, 1899; interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery.



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