Alger, Alpheus B., son of Edwin A. and Amanda (Buswell) Alger, was born in Lowell, Middlesex County, October 8, 1854.
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His early education was accomplished at the public schools of his native place. In the Lowell high school he fitted for college, and was graduated at Harvard with the class of 1875. The same year he entered the Harvard law school, and a year later continued the study of the law in the office of the Hon. Josiah G. Abbott of Boston. He was admitted to the bar in 1877, and began the practice of law in connection with his father’s firm, Brown & Alger, in the city of Boston, with his residence in Cambridge.
Mr. Alger has been actively identified with the Democratic Party in politics. He has held the positions of chairman and secretary of the Democratic city committee of Cambridge. He is also a member of the congressional district committee. In 1884 he was chosen alderman, and acted on the committees on claims, police, ordinances, and a new bridge to Boston. In 1886 and ’87 he was a member of the Senate, serving as chairman on the committee on engrossed bills and mercantile affairs, and as member of the committees of public service, expediting legislative business, judiciary, bills on the third reading, rules and liquor law.
He was also a member of the state committee sent to the Centennial Exhibition at Philadelphia. He is secretary and treasurer of the Bay State Club, a member of the Middlesex County Democratic Club, and of the Newetowne and Central clubs of Cambridge. He is a popular Mason, being a member of the Amicable F. A. M., Cambridge chapter, and also of the Boston Commandery. He has held the different offices in the St. Omer Lodge of Knights of Pythias, and Pomonah Tribe of the Improved Order of Red Men.