Roger Alden (1754 - 1836)

Borrowing activity from 8/24/1789 to 4/23/1804.
Roger Alden, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, public official, land speculator, and politician, was born in Lebanon, Connecticut in 1754. Alden graduated Yale University in 1773 and beginning in 1778 served as an officer in the Revolutionary War, first with the Second Connecticut Regiment (Schuyler 152). He was an aide-de-camp to both Generals Nathanael Greene and Jedidiah Huntington. Alden was elected Deputy Secretary of the Continental Congress under Secretary Charles Thomson in 1785, and was Deputy Secretary for Foreign Affairs in the new government established under the Constitution in 1789. Between 1795 and 1825, Alden lived in Meadville in the Western Pennsylvania frontier, where he was a land agent for the Holland Land Company, a prominent landowner, and a politician. Alden left Meadville to become ordinance storekeeper at West Point in 1825 and postmaster in 1826; he held these positions until his death. He was an original member of the Connecticut and New York State chapters of the Society of Cincinnati. 

Roger Alden married Eliza Carver on February 11, 1801, in Pennsylvania. His son, Captain Bradford Alden, was an aide to General Winfield Scott and commandant of West Point.

With the establishment of the new government under the Constitution in 1789, President George Washington designated Roger Alden, as Deputy Secretary for Foreign Affairs, to receive custody of "the books, records, and papers of the late" Continental Congress (Hunt 605), including the Declaration of Independence, which had been housed in New York City Hall beginning in 1785.

During his years in Pennsylvania, Alden presided over a public meeting in Meadville on June 20, 1815, that founded Alleghany College. He was also involved in the only duel ever fought in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, with lawyer Alexander W. Foster, at Meadville (Ilisevich). 

Roger Alden died at West Point, NY in 1836, and is buried at the United States Military Academy Post Cemetery.
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Transcribed: Millar's GeographyGeorge Henry Millar8/24/17899/9/1789Self
Transcribed: Gillie's Hist of GreeceJohn GilliesVolume 110/26/178910/30/1789
Transcribed: Ferguson's Rom. H.Adam FergusonVolume 210/30/178911/4/1789
Transcribed: Gillies Hist of GreeceJohn GilliesVolume 210/30/178911/2/1789
Transcribed: Goldsmith G. HistOliver GoldsmithVolume 111/4/178911/5/1789
Transcribed: PolybusPolybiusVolume 211/9/178911/11/1789
Transcribed: PolybusPolybiusVolume 311/9/178911/11/1789
Transcribed: Savary's GreeceClaude-Étienne Savary11/11/178911/13/1789
Transcribed: Goldsmith's Grecian HistoryOliver GoldsmithVolume 211/13/178911/16/1789
Transcribed: Ferguson's Roman HistoryAdam FergusonVolume 311/20/178912/2/1789
Transcribed: Ferguson's Roman HistoryAdam FergusonVolume 311/20/178912/2/1789
Transcribed: Gillies Hist. GreeceJohn GilliesVolume 312/2/178912/7/1789
Transcribed: "John GilliesVolume 412/11/178912/28/1789
Transcribed: Moores ItalyJohn MooreVolume 112/28/178912/30/1789
Transcribed: Modern EuropeWilliam RussellVolume 112/30/17891/13/1790
Transcribed: " conWilliam RussellVolume 11/18/17902/3/1790
Transcribed: EmiliaMrs. Burke2/12/17902/17/1790
Transcribed: Towers FrederickJoseph TowersVolume 22/17/17902/23/1790
Transcribed: "Joseph TowersVolume 12/24/17903/1/1790
Transcribed: "Joseph TowersVolume 23/1/17903/10/1790
Transcribed: Smiths TheoryAdam Smith3/10/17903/24/1790
Transcribed: Martins PhilosophyBenjamin MartinVolume 13/24/17905/7/1790
Transcribed: Female StabilityCharlotte PalmerVolume 45/11/17905/15/1790
Transcribed: GrevilleElizabeth KeirVolume 15/15/17905/17/1790
Transcribed: "Elizabeth KeirVolume 25/17/17905/24/1790
Transcribed: Ann Recs 1762? Robert Dodsley5/27/17905/31/1790
Transcribed: Fary…David GarrickVolume 15/31/17906/5/1790
Transcribed: Moores FranceJohn MooreVolume 16/5/17906/9/1790
Transcribed: Humes EssaysDavid HumeVolume 16/9/17907/3/17906d
Transcribed: Kirbys ReportsEphraim Kirby7/3/17907/12/1790
Transcribed: Kaims art of thinkingLord Henry Home Kames7/12/17907/17/1790
Transcribed: ElaMrs. Burke7/19/17907/26/1790
Transcribed: Alex hist Women (Johnson)William AlexanderVolume 111/15/179011/23/1790
Transcribed: Bielfields LettersJakob Friedrich BielfeldVolume 411/23/179011/24/1790
Transcribed: ClarissaSamuel RichardsonVolume 111/24/179011/25/1790
Transcribed: Bourgoannes SpainJean Francois BourgoingVolume 311/25/179011/26/1790
Transcribed: "Jean Francois BourgoingVolume 211/26/179011/29/1790
Transcribed: "Jean Francois BourgoingVolume 111/29/179012/1/1790
Transcribed: IndependentAndrew M'Donald12/1/179012/3/1790
Transcribed: Montagues An Rep.Edward Wortley Montagu12/4/17903/10/179112/6d
Transcribed: DinarbasEllis Cornelia Knight3/10/17913/14/1791
Transcribed: GamestersAnna Maria MacKenzieVolume 13/14/17913/15/1791
Transcribed: Johnsons anecdotesHester Lynch Piozzi3/15/17913/17/1791
Transcribed: Savarys GreeceClaude-Étienne Savary3/17/17913/28/1791
Transcribed: Beringtons dissertationsSimon Berington3/28/17913/29/1791
Transcribed: King PrussiaFrederic IIVolume 53/29/17913/31/1791
Transcribed: "Frederic IIVolume 63/31/17914/5/1791
Transcribed: "Frederic IIVolume 74/5/17914/8/1791
Transcribed: "Frederic IIVolume 84/8/17914/9/1791
Transcribed: "Frederic IIVolume 94/9/17914/11/1791
Transcribed: "Frederic IIVolume 14/11/17914/15/1791
Transcribed: Savage worksRichard SavageVolume 14/15/17914/19/1791
Transcribed: "Richard SavageVolume 24/19/17914/27/1791
Transcribed: Johnsons poetsSamuel JohnsonVolume 254/27/17915/3/1791
Transcribed: King PrussiaFrederic IIVolume 25/3/17915/11/1791
Transcribed: "Frederic IIVolume 35/11/17915/30/1791
Transcribed: Imisions school of artJohn Imison5/30/17916/23/1791
Transcribed: Moores ItalyJohn MooreVolume 26/23/17916/23/1791
Transcribed: Feature from LifeElizabeth BlowerVolume 12/13/17922/14/1792
Transcribed: Man of honorVolume 12/14/17922/15/1792
Transcribed: "Elizabeth BlowerVolume 142/14/17922/14/1792
Transcribed: "Volume 22/15/17922/16/1792
Transcribed: "Volume 32/16/17922/17/1792
Transcribed: DenialRev. James ThomsonVolume 12/17/17922/18/1792
Transcribed: "Rev. James ThomsonVolume 22/18/17922/20/1792
Transcribed: Castle MaubrayMrs. M. Harley2/20/17922/25/1792
Transcribed: EmmaVolume 12/25/17923/3/1792
Transcribed: EuphoriaCharlotte LennoxVolume 13/3/17923/8/1792
Transcribed: School widowsClara ReeveVolume 13/8/17923/13/1792
Transcribed: "Clara ReeveVolume 23/13/17923/16/1792
Transcribed: Radcliffe's JourneyAnn Ward Radcliffe11/4/179911/9/1799
Transcribed: Gibbon's Roman EmpireEdward GibbonVolume 211/9/179911/15/1799
Transcribed: "Edward GibbonVolume 311/16/179911/21/1799
Transcribed: "Edward GibbonVolume 411/21/179911/25/1799
Transcribed: "Edward GibbonVolume 511/25/179912/3/1799
Transcribed: "Edward GibbonVolume 612/3/179912/16/1799
Transcribed: "Edward GibbonVolume 712/16/179912/21/1799
Transcribed: "Edward GibbonVolume 912/21/179912/26/1799
Transcribed: "Edward GibbonVolume 1012/26/17991/7/1800
Transcribed: "Edward GibbonVolume 121/7/18001/20/1800
Transcribed: Pratt's GleaningsSamuel Jackson PrattVolume 11/20/18003/7/1800
Transcribed: Henry's Gr BritRobert HenryVolume 33/7/18003/21/1800
Transcribed: "Robert HenryVolume 43/21/18003/22/1800
Transcribed: Monthly MirrorVolume 75/22/18006/6/1800
Transcribed: SpeculatistMatthew ConcanenVolume 16/6/18006/7/1800
Transcribed: "George Alexander StevensVolume 26/7/18006/12/1800
Transcribed: JesuitF.C. PatrickVolume 16/12/18006/13/1800
Transcribed: Henry FitzherbertVolume 16/13/18006/14/1800
Transcribed: Tale TimesJane WestVolume 16/14/18006/16/1800
Transcribed: JesuitF.C. PatrickVolume 36/16/18006/17/1800
Transcribed: "F.C. PatrickVolume 26/17/18006/19/1800
Transcribed: Henry's Gr BritRobert HenryVolume 106/19/18007/7/1800
Transcribed: "Volume 27/7/18007/7/1800
Transcribed: European MagazineVolume 67/7/18007/7/1800
Transcribed: Edinburgh MagVolume 210/21/180010/28/1800
Transcribed: "Volume 410/28/180011/8/1800
Transcribed: "Volume 611/8/180011/19/1800
Transcribed: Wraxalls FranceSir Nathaniel William WraxallVolume 111/19/180012/1/1800
Transcribed: "Sir Nathaniel William WraxallVolume 212/1/180012/14/1800
Transcribed: "Sir Nathaniel William WraxallVolume 312/14/180012/30/1800
Transcribed: Andrew Grt BritionJames Pettit AndrewsVolume 112/30/18001/21/1801
Transcribed: Memoirs de MediciNicholaas Ten HoveVolume 11/21/18011/30/1801
Transcribed: "Nicholaas Ten HoveVolume 21/30/18012/2/1801
Transcribed: American MuseumVolume 23/7/18013/13/1801
Transcribed: "Volume 33/13/18013/25/1801
Transcribed: "Volume 43/25/18014/7/1801
Transcribed: "Volume 54/7/18014/20/1801
Transcribed: "Volume 64/20/18014/29/1801
Transcribed: RabelaisFrançois RabelaisVolume 24/29/18015/2/1801
Transcribed: RabelaisFrançois RabelaisVolume 14/29/18015/2/1801
Transcribed: "François RabelaisVolume 35/2/18015/8/1801
Transcribed: "François RabelaisVolume 45/2/18015/8/1801
Transcribed: CypriotsJames BeattieVolume 25/8/18015/18/1801
Transcribed: CypriotsJames BeattieVolume 15/8/18015/18/1801
Transcribed: History Invant.Johann BeckmannVolume 25/18/18015/22/1801
Transcribed: European MagazineVolume 355/22/18015/30/1801
Transcribed: Curiosities LiteratureIsaac DisraeliVolume 15/30/18016/17/1801
Transcribed: Edwards West IndiesBryan EdwardsVolume 16/17/18017/6/1801
Transcribed: Pausanias's GreecePausaniasVolume 17/6/18017/25/1801
Transcribed: European MagazineVolume 1011/7/180111/10/1801
Transcribed: "Volume 1111/10/180111/13/1801
Transcribed: "Volume 1211/13/180111/21/1801
Transcribed: "Volume 1311/21/180111/24/1801
Transcribed: "Volume 1611/24/180111/28/1801
Transcribed: "Volume 1911/28/180112/9/1801
Transcribed: "Volume 2012/9/180112/12/1801
Transcribed: "Volume 2112/12/180112/16/1801
Transcribed: "Volume 2212/16/180112/19/1801
Transcribed: "Volume 2312/19/180112/23/1801
Transcribed: "Volume 2312/23/180112/26/1801
Transcribed: "Volume 2412/26/18011/2/1802
Transcribed: Monthly MirrorVolume 101/2/18021/7/1802
Transcribed: European MagazineVolume 241/7/18021/15/1802
Transcribed: "Volume 271/15/18021/21/1802
Transcribed: "Volume 321/21/18021/30/1802
Transcribed: Enfield's PhilosophyJohann Jakob BruckerVolume 11/30/18022/15/1802
Transcribed: "Johann Jakob BruckerVolume 22/15/18023/1/1802
Transcribed: Anacharis TravelsJ.-J. (Jean-Jacques) BarthélemyVolume 13/1/18023/8/1802
Transcribed: Orrery on SwiftJohn Boyle Orrery3/8/18023/8/1802
Transcribed: ObserverRichard CumberlandVolume 37/13/18027/16/1802
Transcribed: Andrew's ContinuationJames Pettit AndrewsVolume 17/17/18027/22/1802
Transcribed: LyceeJean-François de La HarpeVolume 87/22/18028/11/1802
Transcribed: Series of PlaysJoanna BaillieVolume 210/20/180210/21/1802
Transcribed: Pitt's VirgilVirgilVolume 210/21/180210/23/1802
Transcribed: Monthly ReviewVolume 3610/23/180210/30/1802
Transcribed: Bossuet's U HistJacques Bénigne BossuetVolume 211/6/180211/24/18021/2
Transcribed: Bossuet's U HistJacques Bénigne BossuetVolume 111/6/180211/24/18021/2
Transcribed: "Jacques Bénigne BossuetVolume 211/27/180212/9/1802
Transcribed: "Jacques Bénigne BossuetVolume 111/27/180212/9/1802
Transcribed: Monthly MagazineVolume 1112/9/180212/9/1802
Transcribed: Opera CiceronisMarcus Tullius CiceroVolume 312/9/180212/24/1802
Transcribed: Memoirs AccadVolume 2512/24/18021/6/1803
Transcribed: Memoirs AccadVolume 2412/24/18021/6/1803
Transcribed: Brother Ta...Cornelius TacitusVolume 11/6/18031/19/1803
Transcribed: Brother Ta...Cornelius TacitusVolume 21/6/18031/19/1803
Transcribed: Monthly MagazineVolume 11/19/18032/4/1803
Transcribed: Monthly MagazineVolume 21/19/18032/4/1803
Transcribed: Livii HistoriaLivyVolume 22/11/18032/21/1803
Transcribed: "LivyVolume 12/21/18032/23/1803
Transcribed: Livy's HistoryLivyVolume 62/23/18033/3/1803
Transcribed: British CriticVolume 13/7/18033/8/1803
Transcribed: Modern UniversalVolume 83/8/18033/12/1803
Transcribed: Murphy's TacitusArthur MurphyVolume 13/12/18034/9/1803
Transcribed: Guthrie's CiceroWilliam Guthrie; Marcus Tullius CiceroVolume 14/9/18034/23/1803
Transcribed: "William Guthrie; Marcus Tullius CiceroVolume 14/23/18034/23/1803
Transcribed: "William Guthrie; Marcus Tullius CiceroVolume 15/9/18035/20/1803
Transcribed: "William Guthrie; Marcus Tullius CiceroVolume 25/9/18035/20/1803
Transcribed: "William Guthrie; Marcus Tullius CiceroVolume 35/9/18035/20/1803
Transcribed: Johnson's PoetsSamuel JohnsonVolume 135/20/18036/3/1803
Transcribed: Virgil OperaVirgilVolume 16/3/18036/25/1803
Transcribed: Monthly ReviewVolume 346/25/18037/16/1803
Transcribed: British CriticVolume 147/19/18037/20/1803
Transcribed: "Volume 17/20/18037/23/1803
Transcribed: "Volume 27/23/18037/25/1803
Transcribed: "Volume 37/25/18037/26/1803
Transcribed: "Volume 47/26/18037/30/1803
Transcribed: Belind de Statue8/3/18038/11/1803
Transcribed: Antenor's TravelsEtienne François de LantierVolume 18/6/18038/8/1803
Transcribed: "Etienne François de LantierVolume 28/8/18038/9/1803
Transcribed: "J.-J. (Jean-Jacques) BarthélemyVolume 38/9/18038/17/1803
Transcribed: Voyage d'AnacharsisJ.-J. (Jean-Jacques) BarthélemyVolume 98/9/18038/17/1803
Transcribed: Voyage d'AnacharsisJ.-J. (Jean-Jacques) BarthélemyVolume 88/9/18038/17/1803
Transcribed: Opera CiceronisMarcus Tullius CiceroVolume 28/17/18038/22/1803
Transcribed: Wharton's MiltonThomas Warton; John Milton8/20/18038/22/1803
Transcribed: Gibbons MiscelEdward GibbonVolume 28/22/18039/18/1803
Transcribed: "Edward GibbonVolume 111/21/180311/24/1803
Transcribed: Chesterfield's LettersPhilip Dormer Stanhope Earl of ChesterfieldVolume 211/24/180311/29/1803
Transcribed: "Philip Dormer Stanhope Earl of ChesterfieldVolume 211/29/180312/8/1803
Transcribed: Smith's EssaysAdam Smith12/8/180312/9/1803
Transcribed: Edgworth's P. EducationMaria Edgeworth; Richard Lovell EdgeworthVolume 212/9/180312/16/1803
Transcribed: Edgworth's P. EducationMaria Edgeworth; Richard Lovell EdgeworthVolume 112/9/180312/16/1803
Transcribed: Rede's EssaysThomas Reid12/16/18031/6/1804
Transcribed: Etude de la NatJacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-PierreVolume 41/6/18041/12/1804
Transcribed: ItalianAnn Ward RadcliffeVolume 11/12/18041/20/1804
Transcribed: ItalianAnn Ward RadcliffeVolume 21/12/18041/20/1804
Transcribed: Cooke's TerenceTerenceVolume 11/20/18042/11/1804
Transcribed: "TerenceVolume 22/11/18042/20/1804
Transcribed: LyceeJean-François de La HarpeVolume 12/20/18042/24/1804
Transcribed: "Jean-François de La HarpeVolume 22/24/18042/27/1804
Transcribed: Chesterfield's WorksPhilip Dormer Stanhope Earl of ChesterfieldVolume 12/27/18043/3/1804
Transcribed: Lysee Par La HarpeJean-François de La HarpeVolume 53/3/18043/12/1804
Transcribed: "Jean-François de La HarpeVolume 83/12/18044/23/18043/6
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