Joshua W. Alexander

Joshua Willis Alexander ( born January 22, 1852 in Cincinnati, Ohio, † February 27, 1936 in Gallatin, Missouri ) was an American politician, who held the post of Minister of Trade in the Cabinet of President Woodrow Wilson.

After schooling Alexander graduated from Christian University (today's Culver- Stockton College) in Canton ( Missouri). There he made his law degree in 1872, whereupon he first opened a private law firm. Between 1877 and 1881 he was employed in the management of Daviess County; 1882 to 1901 he was a member of the board of education of Gallatin, at times as its president.

The political career of Joshua Willis Alexander began in 1883 in the House of Representatives from Missouri, where he served until 1887 as a deputy; in his final year he was there the Speaker. From 1891 to 1892 he served as mayor of Gallatin.

After he had been from 1901 to 1907 judge for the seventh judicial circuit of Missouri, he resigned this office to represent Missouri as a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives. After multiple re-election he remained until December 15, 1919 at the Congress. The day after his resignation, he took over the post of U.S. trade minister. As the term of office of President Wilson ended, left Alexander on March 4, 1921 from the Cabinet.

The following year was Joshua Alexander delegate to the Constitutional Convention of Missouri, before he finally retired into private life. In 1936, he died in Gallatin.