Lee County Biography


PHILIP M. ALEXANDER (deceased) was born at Pompey Hill, N.Y., Oct. 1, 1819, the son of Solomon Alexander. In 1837 he came to Dixon, Ill., and was variously employed until 1854, when he and George L. Howell, established a hardware business on Galena Avenue, which was conducted until the time of Mr. Alexander's death at Wauwatosa, Wis., May 17, 1898. July 20, 1848, he married Eliza Howell, daughter of Nicholas and Betsy (Wilson) Howell. Mrs. Alexander died May 5, 1873. To Mr. and Mrs. Alexander two children were born: Ida Louise, born March 12, 1857, married June 1, 1882, George A. Morris, and died Jan. 12, 1901; Elizabeth Maude, born August 7, 1860, and married Leonard Andrus, Oct. 4, 1882. Mr. Alexander was a stanch Democrat in political sentiment.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1904 History of Lee County Illinois edited by Mr. A.C. Bardwell

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