James Alexander, Jr.

James Alexander Jr. ( * October 17, 1789 in Delta, York County, Pennsylvania, † September 5, 1846 in McNabb, Illinois ) was an American politician. Between 1837 and 1839 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1799 James Alexander moved with his father in the Northwest Territory, where they settled in Belmont County near the later city of St. Clairsville. Later this area came to in the meantime established State of Ohio. He worked in agriculture, and transportation on the Ohio and the Mississippi. Thereafter, he worked in St. Clairsville in the trade. At the same time he suggested a also a political career. Mid-1830s he joined the Whig Party was founded at that time. In 1830, and again from 1833 to 1834 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Ohio. In 1831 he was an Associate Justice on the Court of Appeals.

In the congressional elections of 1836 Alexander was in the eleventh electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William Kennon on March 4, 1837. Since he has not been confirmed in 1838, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1839. After his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Alexander took his previous activities on again. In 1843 he moved to Wheeling in today's West Virginia, where he acquired large estates. He also spent his twilight years. He had also considerable farmland in Illinois. James Alexander died on September 5, 1846 during a visit to his son in McNabb. He was buried near St. Clairsville.