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CRAIG, Alexander Johnson, educator, born in Goshen, Orange County, New York, 11 November, 1823; died in Madison, Wisconsin, 5 July, 1870. After receiving a common school education, he removed in 1843 to Palmyra, Wisconsin, where he lived about fifteen years, teaching for a part of the time and holding several local offices. He became a practical surveyor, and worked at the carpenter's trade several years, also furnishing plans for school-buildings in different parts of the state. He became principal of a Milwaukee school in 1854, and in 1858-'9 edited the Wisconsin "Journal of Education" at Racine and Madison, Wisconsin In 1859-60 he was a member of the legislature. He was president of the State teachers' association, and was chosen assistant state superintendent of schools in 1860, and from 1868 till his death was superintendent-in-chief.
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