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About Alexander Hamilton Bullock
Alexander Hamilton Bullock (March 2, 1816 – January 17, 1882) was the 26th Governor of Massachusetts from 1866 to 1869 and helped create the New England Emigrant Aid Society in 1855.
Alexander Hamilton Bullock was born in Royalston, Massachusetts on March 2, 1816, to Rufus and Sarah (Davis) Bullock. He attended the local schools before going to Leicester Academy. Bullock graduated from Amherst College in 1836 and from Harvard Law School in 1840. He was then admitted to the Massachusetts Bar and opened a law practice in Worcester. In 1842 he served as an assistant to Governor John Davis.
Bullock was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1845, serving until 1848. Bullock was elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 1849. In 1850 he became involved in the insurance business, and in 1859 he was elected mayor of Worcester.
In 1861 Bullock was again elected to the state legislature, serving until 1866. He served as Speaker of the House in January 1862, and was re-elected Speaker in 1863-1865.
Bullock received the Republican Party nomination for governor in 1865 after John A. Andrew decided not to stand for reelection. Bullock defeated Civil War General Darius Couch, and served three consecutive terms before retiring to private life in 1869.
He returned to the insurance business, in which he remained until the end of his life. He was offered the ambassadorship to the United Kingdom by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1879, but declined. He died in Worcester on January 17, 1882.
In 1844 Bullock married Elvira Hazard of Enfield, Connecticut; they had three children.