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Alexander Keith McClung

Born: Jun 14, 1811

Death: Mar 25, 1855

Birthplace: Fauquier County

Nationality: United States

Alexander Keith McClung

Date of Birth : Jun 14, 1811
Date of Death : Mar 25, 1855
Birth Place : Fauquier County

Alexander Keith McClung briefly served as US charge d'affaires to Bolivia in President Zachary Taylor's administration. An "inveterate Southern duelist" nicknamed "The Black Knight of the South", he was also a poet. James H. Street used him as the model for the character Keith Alexander in his novel Tap Roots. McClung was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, and was the nephew of John Marshall. He served as lieutenant colonel of the 1st Mississippi Regiment during the Mexican–American War. He committed suicide in the Eagle Hotel in Jackson, Mississippi. McClung was interred at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

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