Free Genealogy Biography of Alexander Kidd,
Pennsylvania Volunteer of the Civil War
Alexander Kidd, president and director of the York County Alms-house, and manufacturer of cedar ware, was born in Baltimore County, Md., September 11, 1833; is the son of John B. and Leah (Whitmire) Kidd; is their only child, and is of English-German descent. In childhood our subject came with his mother from Baltimore County, Md., to York.
At fifteen years of age he began serving an apprenticeship at the cedar cooper's trade at which he continued work until 1864, when he enlisted in Company H, Two-hundredth Pennsylvania Volunteers, 200th Regiment, served one year and was honorably discharged in 1865.
In 1866 Mr. Kidd resumed his trade in the city of Baltimore, where he remained until 1875, when he returned to York and here has since resided. He was married in 1858 to Miss Caroline Shillinburg, a native of Baltimore, Md. The marriage has resulted in the birth of two children: Mary J. and John W. In politics Mr. Kidd is a Democrat. During the years 1881 and 1882 he represented the Seventh Ward in the York Council. In 1882 he was elected resident director of the York County Alms-house. During his administration some very important improvements have been made; the most notable perhaps is the introduction of the steam-heating process into the alms-house. He is a member of the order of Red Men. Mrs. Kidd is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Source: York County, Pennsylvania Biographical History, John Gibson, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886.
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