*In 1888, the Michigan delegates made him a candidate for the nomination as President of the United States, and in the Republican National Convention gave him 143 votes on one ballot. [Source]
From America's Successful Men Of Affairs....:
"In 1866, General Alger settled in Detroit and resumed the lumber business in the firm of Moore, Alger & Co., the moneyed men of the concern being Franklin and Stephen Moore. In the winter of 1867-68, the subject of this sketch took his wife and one child, 100 miles by sleigh into the woods to the lumber camp, and spent the Winter there in a log cabin, returning to civilization in the Spring by the same conveyance. This experience not only gave him a thorough acquaintance with the practical part of lumber operations, but a knowledge of the woods, and under his energetic and skillful direction the firm entered upon a period of satisfactory prosperity. Stephen Moore retired after a time, and his brother at a later date, the firm then taking the name of R. A. Alger & Co. As the years passed by, the business proved increasingly profitable and surplus earnings were largely devoted to purchases of eligible tracts of pine timber lands."