Bonnyman, Alexander, 1868-1953
Alexander Bonnyman was born December 8, 1868 in Edinburgh, Scotland and moved with his family to Lexington, Kentucky in 1870. He studied engineering at the University of Kentucky and began a long and distinguished career as a civil engineer and businessman, including work for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, the Seaboard Air Line Railroad, the Central of Georgia Railroad. He served as chief engineer and general manager (1905-12) for the Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad. After 1912, he became a coal company executive, serving for many years as president and later chairman (1915-52) of the Blue Diamond Coal Company of Knoxville, Tenn. He received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Kentucky in 1950. Bonnyman died April 15, 1953.
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