Alexander Harper

Alexander Harper ( * February 5, 1786 in Belfast, UK Ireland, † December 1, 1860 in Zanesville, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1837 and 1853 he represented three times the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Even in his youth, Alexander Harper came from his Northern Ireland home to Zanesville, Ohio, where he attended preparatory schools. After studying law and his 1813 was admitted as a lawyer, he started working there in this profession. In the years 1820 and 1821 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Ohio; 1822 to 1836 he was Chief Judge of the Court of Appeal. Politically, he joined, founded in the 1830s Whig party.

In the congressional elections of 1836 Harper was in the twelfth electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Elias Howell on March 4, 1837. Until March 3, 1837, he was initially able to complete a term in Congress. In the 1842 elections, he was elected to Congress again in the 14th district, where he replaced George Sweeny on March 4, 1843. After a re-election he was able to spend 1847 two further terms in the House of Representatives until March 3. In this time of the beginning of the Mexican - American War was. From 1843 to 1845 Harper was chairman of the committee responsible for supervising the expenditure of the Post Ministry and the Patentauschusses.

In 1850 he was elected again in the 14th district of his state in Congress, where he was able to complete between 4 March 1851 to 3 March 1853 as the successor of Nathan Evans one last legislative session. This period was marked by the events leading up to the Civil War. After his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Harper again practiced as a lawyer in Zanesville, where he died on 1 December 1860.