ALBERT H. MCALISTER. Prominent in the farming community of Macoupin County is this gentleman, who is known as the owner and operator of a fine farm of three hundred acres on section 18, Shaw's Point Township. Although not one of the oldest settlers of this county he has for many years been identified with its progress and has contributed his quota to its development. He enjoys an enviable reputation not only as a capable, energetic farmer but has made a good record as one who works well for the public. In various offices he has demonstrated his ability and judgment and in business and political circles is spoken of as a man of honor and tact. He is now serving his second term as Supervisor of the township, and has been School Director, Trustee and Township Clerk, besides holding several minor offices. Believing the interests of the people are best subserved through the principles of the Democratic party, he gives his influence and casts his ballot for those candidates who are pledged to its support. An active worker in the ranks of his chosen party, he is well informed and takes an interest in the progress of affairs, not only near at hand but in the remoter regions of the earth.
The parents of Mr. McAlister were natives of Ontario, Canada. The father, Wellington by name, still resides in Brant County, that province, but the mother, whose maiden name was Samantha Brown, has been dead for many years. The family was small comprising only two children and of these our subject is the younger. He was born in Brant County, Ontario, March 4, 1840, and passed the first eighteen years of his life on his father's farm, where he aided in preparing the land for cultivation and acquired a thorough knowledge of agricultural affairs. He had few of the educational advantages enjoyed by the youth of today, but being an intelligent observer and thoughtful reader, he is well informed on all important topics and current events.
At the age of eighteen years Mr. McAlister accompanied his uncle, Capt. Owen McAlister, to Illinois and located in Macoupin County. Here for a time he worked at different occupations, farming, carpentry and also taught school for three terms. Since he first came here he has been a continuous resident of this county, with the exception of six years passed in Montgomery and Christian Counties. He has devoted his attention principally to general farming and stock raising, from which he derives a satisfactory income. He was married in Bunker Hill Township, this county, to Miss Charlotte Brown, daughter of Daniel and Sarah Brown. This lady died in Carlinville, Ill., October 12, 1879. She was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Mr. McAlister was again married April 26, 1880, choosing as his wife Miss Sarah Chapin, who was born in Brant County, Ontario, December 16, 1842. Mrs. McAlister is the daughter of Lyman and Matilda (Fairchild) Chapin, both of whom died in Brant County, Ontario. She is a devoted member of the Baptist Church, and an active member in that organization. Her fine character, intelligence and hospitality win for her many warm friends and with her husband she is held in the highest esteem wherever known.