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Alexander Beaufort Meek
Number of games in database: 13
Years covered: 1855 to 1857
Overall record: +3 -10 =0 (23.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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(born Jul-17-1814, died Nov-01-1865, 51 years old) United States of America

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Alexander Beaufort Meek was born in Columbia, South Carolina in 1814. He grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama in 1833, where he was first in his graduating class. He settled in Mobile, Alabama and became a member of the State Legislature, Attorney General for the Southern District of Alabama (1836), probate judge, and district attorney. In 1845, he was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in President Polk's administration. In the spring of 1855, he met and played a few games of chess with Paul Morphy at Spring Hill, Alabama. In 1857, he became president of the 1st American Chess Congress (1857) and was a participant. In round one of the First American Chess Congress, he defeated William James Appleton Fuller with 3 wins and 2 losses. In round two, he lost to Paul Morphy with 3 losses. During the American Chess Congress, he lost a chess game to Amalie Paulsen, the sister of Louis Paulsen. He died of a heart attack in Columbus, Mississippi on November 1, 1865.

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Morphy vs A Meek 1-019 1855 Mobile -C38 King's Gambit Accepted
2. A Meek vs Morphy 0-121 1855 MobileC44 King's Pawn Game
3. A Meek vs Morphy 0-125 1855 New OrleansC44 King's Pawn Game
4. A Meek vs Adbor 1-08 1855 New OrleansC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
5. A Meek vs W Fuller 1-026 1857 1st American Chess CongressC20 King's Pawn Game
6. A Meek vs W Fuller 0-124 1857 1st American Chess CongressC02 French, Advance
7. Morphy vs A Meek 1-030 1857 1st American Chess CongressC00 French Defense
8. Morphy vs A Meek 1-012 1857 New YorkA43 Old Benoni
9. A Meek vs W Fuller 1-015 1857 1st American Chess CongressC44 King's Pawn Game
10. Morphy vs A Meek 1-033 1857 NewC52 Evans Gambit
11. A Meek vs Morphy 0-131 1857 1st American Chess CongressC44 King's Pawn Game
12. A Meek vs W Fuller 0-141 1857 1st American Chess CongressC38 King's Gambit Accepted
13. A Meek vs Morphy 0-129 1857 1st American Chess CongressC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-24-05  The 3 Gambiteers: Meek, a good strong name. A good virtious new family name for our daugther. So what do you think, will Mr. Meek be a good fit for our daughter?
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  tpstar: Blessed are the Meek/For they shall inherit the earth.
Jul-24-05  Cecil Brown: There will be little left when everyone else has finished with it.
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  Appaz: "The meek shall inherit nothing." (Frank Zappa)
Jul-24-05  mymt: ...not after the superhuman crew rounds up everyone who knows more than they do...
Jul-24-05  Anatooly Homedepotov: Judge Alexander Beaufort Meek, born 1814 in Columbia, South Carolina; President of the First American Chess Congress. He moved to Alabama as an infant, and became a political figure and judge who helped promote public education in that state.

Poor guy must have really had to compensate for his wimpy surname with some ugly decisions from the bench!

Apr-02-06  tripleneck: Hi, I'm looking for the game that Louis Paulsen's sister played against Judge Meek at the 1857 Congress. She won! Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,TN
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  Calli: <tripleneck> Amalie Paulsen
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  Calli: also check
Feb-12-08  Karpova: Article on Meek:
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  Stonehenge: < The 3 Gambiteers: Meek, a good strong name. A good virtious new family name for our daugther. So what do you think, will Mr. Meek be a good fit for our daughter? >

I don't think so, he's dead.

Mar-02-09  WhiteRook48: he was very Meek and Humble
Apr-12-09  Dredge Rivers: He was a Southerner who died in November of 1865? Did he kill himself like Edmund Ruffin?
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  GrahamClayton: Two books that Meek wrote can be read on Google books:

Here is an excellent summary of his life:

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  wwall: I don't think he died on Nov 30, 1865. The Nov 7, 1865 issue of The New York Times said he "died recently in Columbus, Mississippi." They got their news from a New Orleans newspaper dated Nov 4, 1865. My guess is that he died on October 30, 1865.
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  Stonehenge: November 1, methinks:

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  wwall: Good job Stonehenge. I'll have to use findagrave more often.
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