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Mark ALEXANDER

(1792-1883)

ALEXANDER, Mark, a Representative from Virginia; born on a plantation near Boydton, Mecklenburg County, Va., February 7, 1792; attended the public schools; was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in 1811; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of law in Boydton, Va.; member of the State house of delegates 1815-1819; elected as a Republican to the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Congresses; a Crawford Republican to the Eighteenth; and a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth through the Twenty-second Congresses (March 4, 1819-March 3, 1833); chairman, Committee on District of Columbia (Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1832; delegate to the State constitutional convention of 1829-1830; again a member of the State house of delegates, 1845-1846; retired from political life and engaged in the management of his large estate; died in Scotland Neck, Halifax County, N.C., October 7, 1883; interment in the cemetery of the old Episcopal Church.

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

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