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PEARSON, Alfred L, soldier, born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, 28 December, 1838. He was educated at Jefferson and Allegheny colleges, admitted to the bar in 1861, and in 1862 became captain and then colonel of the 155th Pennsylvania regiment. He was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers, 30 September, 1864, for services at Peeble's Farm, and major-general for a charge that he made at Quaker Road, 29 March, 1865, for which he was also complimented by General Meade. His command fired the last shot at Appomattox Court-House. On his return he engaged in the practice of his profession, and was district attorney in 1870, 1872, and 1877. He has been active in militia matters, and as ranking major-general of the Pennsylvania national guard commanded in Pittsburg during" the riots of 1877. He also ended the troubles in Luzerne county, and for his action in firing on the rioters was arrested on a charge of murder, but the grand jury did not indict him. In 1888 he became commander of the National Union veteran legion. General Pearson edited the "Sunday Critic" in 1886-'7, and is the author of three plays, none of which have yet been produced.
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