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Rev. Alexander S. Aiken

Rev. Alexander S. Aiken, pastor of Airville United Presbyterian Church, was born February 3, 1846, near the village of Princeton, Lawrence Co., Penn. His elementary education was received in the schools of his native township.

In 1865 he entered the Westminster College, Penn., and graduated from that institution in 1870. He completed his theological course in Allegheny City. April 15, 1873, he was licensed to preach, and was ordained April 29, 1875, by the presbytery of Big Spring, Penn.

At the age of nineteen he enlisted in the Sixteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, 161st Regiment, was promoted to sergeant of Company I, and served until the end of the war.

January 1, 1875, Rev. Mr. Aiken became pastor of the congregation over which he now presides with such signal ability and success. He was joined in marriage April 5, 1882. with Miss Mary J., daughter of George and Sarah (Cummins) Porter, of Huntingdon County, Penn. They now reside in the newly erected parsonage of the Airville congregation. Rev. Mr. Aiken is finely educated, and is a gentleman worthy of encouraging success in the ministry.

Source: York County, Pennsylvania Biographical History, John Gibson, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886.