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James ALEXANDER, Jr.

(1789-1846)

ALEXANDER, James, Jr., a Representative from Ohio; born near Delta, York County, Pa., October 17, 1789; moved to the Northwest Territory in 1799 with his father, who settled in what is now St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio; engaged in agricultural pursuits, in river transportation on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, and, later, in mercantile pursuits in St. Clairsville; member of the State house of representatives in 1830 and again in 1833 and 1834; served as associate judge of the court of common pleas in 1831; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1839); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1838 to the Twenty-sixth Congress; returned to St. Clairsville, Ohio, and resumed his former business pursuits; purchased a large tract of property in Wheeling, Va. (now West Virginia), in 1843 and moved to that city, living in retirement until his death; was an extensive owner of farming land in the State of Illinois; died, while visiting his son, in McNabb, Putnam County, Ill., September 5, 1846; interment in Scotch Ridge Cemetery, eight miles north of St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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