Pair of LDS immigrants had remarkably similar careers

Alfred Milnes was born in Bradford, England, in 1844. He and his parents and several siblings emigrated to the United States, landing at New Orleans in 1854. After a few years of wandering, during which time his mother and two of his little brothers died, Milnes settled in Coldwater, Mich.

Milnes attended public school, served in a Michigan infantry unit throughout the Civil War, and went into business in Coldwater, becoming a banker, postmaster and dealer in real estate.

He also was active in Republican politics, later claiming to have cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln in 1864 while on a Civil War battlefield (he would have had to lie about his age by a few months in order to have voted that year). He served his county as a delegate to numerous state Republican conventions.

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