Colonel Alexander Leroy Hawkins (R46), 1899-1900 Beaver and Washington Counties
Colonel Alexander Leroy Hawkins, born September 6, 1843, Greene County, Pennsylvania; George’s Creek Academy; Waynesburg College; private, Civil War, 1862-1866; teacher; engaged, drug business, Pittsburgh, 1866; moved to Washington County; married, Cynthia H. Greenfield Hawkins, 1869, children, daughter Hawkins, Clyde Emile Hawkins, Jessie Benton Hawkins Darragh and Frank Burson Hawkins; deployed, Philippines; Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Spanish American War 1898, Philippine Insurrection 1898-1899; elected, while on active duty, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1899-1900; died, in office, July 18, 1899 (aged 55), Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Philippine Insurrection, cancer of bowels at sea; Interment Washington Cemetery, Washington, Washington County, Pennsylvania (i)
Enlisted, private August 7, 1862, Company K, 160th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry; participated in 64 battles, Antietam, Tennessee Campaign, Union General George B. Stoneman’s raid into Virginia and participated in the capture of President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis; mustered out January 21, 1866.
Pennsylvania National Guard, Captain, Company H, 10th Regiment, 1877; elected Colonel, 1884; mustered, United States Army, May 12, 1898, deployed, Philippines; Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Spanish American War 1898, Philippine Insurrection 1898-1899. (i)
Washington County Treasurer, 1875.
Elected, while on active duty, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 46th district, Beaver and Washington Counties, 1899-1900.
Colonel Alexander Leroy Hawkins Memorial.
Location: Schenley Park Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15217 Panther Hollow Drive, south end of the Panther Hollow Bridge, Squirrel Hill South neighborhood.
Date of Installation: July 4, 1904.
Organization Responsible for Installation: Tenth Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment
Plaza memorial with larger-than-life size bronze statue of Colonel Hawkins. He was the commander of the Tenth Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment during the Spanish-American War and Philippines. He died on July 18, 1899 enroute home from complications due to an illness. (ii)
Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1899) Cochran, T.B., Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1146 and 1173