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Biography of
Joshua W. Alexander

Joshua W. Alexander, only son of Thomas W. and Jane Alexander, was born at Cincinnati, Ohio, January 22, 1852. When he had reached the age of four years, his parents removed to Anoka county, Minnesota, and settled upon a farm. There his father died in 1859, and in I860 his mother removed to Canton, Lewis county, Missouri, and soon after returned to Cincinnati, where the subject of our sketch attended school until July, 18C3, when they once more made Canton their home, and there he attended the graded school until 1868, when he entered the Christian University at Canton, graduating as a Bachelor of Arts in 1872. The following winter after his graduation be taught one term of school, and began the study of law under Mr. A. D. Lewis, of Canton. July 15, 1873, he came to Gallatin and pursued his legal studies under Hon. S. A. Richardson until the spring of 1875, when he was admitted to the bar and entered upon the practice in Gallatin. In January, 1881, he became associated as a partner with Judge Richardson, forming the present law firm of Richardson and Alexander. He was elected public administrator for the term of four years in 1876, and in the fall of 1880 was reflected to the same position. In April, 1881, he was appointed city attorney of Gallatin, and in this position, as in the former, has won the esteem and confidence of the people.
Mr. Alexander was united in marriage to Miss Roe Ann Richardson, daughter of Hon. S. A. Richardson, of Gallatin, on the 3d of February, 1876. Their fireside has been blessed with three children, Julia, Fanny and Samuel T., all born in Gallatin. Mr. and Mrs. Alexander are members of the Christian Church.
[The History of Daviess County, Missouri Published by Birdsall & Dean, 1882 - Sumbitted by Barb Z. - 2009]

ALEXANDER, Joshua Willis, a Representative from Missouri; born in Cincinnati, Ohio, January 22, 1852; attended public and private schools; graduated from Christian University (now Culver-Stockton College), Canton, Mo., 1872; lawyer, private practice; public administrator of Daviess County, Mo., 1877-1881; secretary and then president of the board of education of Gallatin, Mo., 1882-1901; member of the Missouri state house of representatives, 1883-1887, speaker, 1887; mayor of Gallatin, Mo., 1891-1892; hospital executive; judge of the seventh judicial circuit of Missouri, 1901-1907; elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1907-December 15, 1919); chair, Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries (Sixty-second through Sixty-fifth Congresses); chair, United States Commission to the International Conference on Safety of Life at Sea, 1913-1914; Secretary of Commerce in the Cabinet of President Wilson, 1919-1921; delegate at large to the Missouri state constitutional convention in 1922; died on February 27, 1936, in Gallatin, Mo.; interment in Brown Cemetery, Mo.
Missouri (Source: Biographical Directory of the US Congress 1774-Present)

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