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Bonnyman, Alexander, 1868-1953



Alexander Bonnyman was born December 8, 1868 in Edinburgh, Scotland and moved with his family to Lexington, Kentucky in 1870. Bonnyman married Frances Rhea Berry; together they had four children. He studied engineering at the University of Kentucky and began a career as a civil engineer and businessman, including work for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, the Seaboard Air Line Railroad, and the Central of Georgia Railroad. He served as chief engineer and general manager (1905-1912) for the Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad. After 1912, he became a coal company executive, serving for many years as president and later chairman (1915-1952) of the Blue Diamond Coal Company of Knoxville, Tennessee. He received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Kentucky in 1950. Bonnyman died in Knoxville on April 15, 1953.

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Alexander Bonnyman Papers

Identifier: AppMs-0440
Scope and Contents

The Alexander Bonnyman Papers consist of documents related to Bonnyman's work as an engineer for the Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad, circa 1905-1911. The collection contains drawings, charts, photographs, reports, tables, and maps related to construction and operation of the railroad.

Dates: 1905-1911, undated