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Alexander* St. Clair Mackenzie, LL.B.**

Alexander St. Clair Mackenzie (February 17, 1875? - January 1942?) was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Kentucky, where he began working in 1899. He previously studied at Glasgow University, University of Edinburgh, and Oxford University. Mackenzie was the first Dean of the University of Kentucky Graduate School and served in this capacity from 1912-1916. In 1916, Mackenzie left UK to become president of Lenox College in Hopkinton, Iowa. Mackenzie is listed as working for the Fisk Teachers' Agency in New York in a 1921 edition of Kentucky Alumnus. Mackenzie was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1911 and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Cumberland University in 1913.

*Online records for Mackenzie's works The Evolution of Literature (1911) and History of English Literature (1914) have Mackenzie's name as "Alastair St. Clair Mackenzie". Additionally, the Library of Congress Name Authority record uses this name but uses an incorrect date of death. Mackenzie's 1942 obituary in the Lexington Herald also uses Alastair. Dr. Mackenzie seems to have used the names interchangeably.

**While Dr. MacKenzie's obituary states his degree from UK was honorary, the Board of Trustees minutes and the graduation program of 1912 do not suggest this. His degree is listed among the other LL.B. candidates and is not listed in the honorary degrees section with the others that were awarded that year.