Alexander McNutt Glasgow, son of John and Martha ("Patsy") McNutt Glasgow (1798-1866), was born five miles from Lexington (Rockbridge County), Virginia, on October 24, 1820. He earned bachelor of arts (1842) and bachelor of law degrees from Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) and would continue to live at "Tuscan Villa," the Glasgow family's Rockbridge County home, for the remainder of his life. He farmed (tobacco and grains), operated a general mercantile business, and served as a judge in the county court and as an elder in the local Presbyterian church. Records show that during the Civil War Glasgow joined Company I, 4th Virginia Infantry in April, 1862, serving on detached duty in Staunton until being discharged in July. In 1863, he served as a captain leading the South River Home Guard.
On May 12, 1874, Glasgow married Laura B. Mackey (1853-1909), daughter of Henry and Nancy Hamilton Mackey, and the couple would have six children: Alexander M., John Henry ("Harry"), Elizabeth V., Lucy G., Mary T., and Otelia M. Glasgow. Alexander M. Glasgow died on August 4, 1894, and was buried in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, Lexington, Virginia.
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