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ALEXANDER CORTNER is a native Tennesseean, born December 20, 1827, and of Swedish lineage. He has always resided on a farm and by his energy has accumulated 145 acres of land on which is erected a neat residence, and also has two other tracts of land, containing seventy-five acres. November 16, 1852, he was united in marriage to Mary E. Landers, who was born December 22, 1836, daughter of Robert and Susan (Carter) Landers. To Mr. and Mrs. Cartner were born the following children: Susan M., born March 23, 1854, and died April 4, 1878; Henry, born November 15, 1855, and died August 21, 1857; George R., born March 23, 1858; Letitia C., born January 24, 1860; Alexander F., born June 3, 1863; William L. born March 11, 1866; Victor H., born October 27, 1867; Roy E., born October 21, 1871; Albert E., born July 1, 1876, and Sarah E., born March 24, 1879, and died July 13, 1879. Mrs. Cortner died May 11, 1879. In 1862 Mr. Cortner enlisted in the Confederate service under Gen. Forrest’s escort and was in many hotly contested battles. He is a Democrat, and his parents, George and Delilah (Troxler) Cortner, were born in North Carolina November 15, 1801, and October 6, 1807, respectively. They were married in 1823 and became the parents of four sons and seven daughters. The father died October 7, 1884, and the mother in 1871.

1884 - 1954

Farmer. He was born in Bedford County TN of Scotch-Irish ancestry on December 23, 1884. His parents were G.A. (George Alexander) and (Mary) Catherine (Couch) Cortner. His paternal grandparents were (the bio has George Cortner, both other research shows them to be George and Daniel & Elvira Ann (Keller) Cortner). He received his education in the public schools of Bedford County. He is a Mason. Mr. Cortner was elected to the House of Repsrsentatives in 1927 from Bedford, Moore, and Lincoln counties,which place he filled with distinction, being appointed on the most important committees of the house. He has been a member of the County Court for 24 years, being now a member of the court. He has large real estate holdings and takes an active interest in all civic affairs.

He is married to Oveida Smotherman and is the father of three children; Gerald, 21, Katherine Gay, 19 and Gynne, 11. His hobby is fishing.
Prominent Tennesseans 1940

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