Mark Alexander (politician)

Mark Alexander (* February 7, 1792 in Boydton, Mecklenburg County, Virginia; † October 7, 1883 in Scotland Neck, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1819 and 1833 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Mark Alexander attended the public schools of his home. Then he studied until 1811 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began to work in Boydton in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic-Republican Party launched a political career. Between 1815 and 1819 he sat in the House of Representatives from Virginia.

In the congressional elections of 1818 Alexander in the 18th electoral district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC was chosen, where he became the successor of Thomas M. Nelson on March 4, 1819. After six re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1833 seven legislative sessions. Since 1823 he represented there as a follower of William McCoy the fourth district of his state. From 1825 to 1829 he was Chairman of the Committee for the administration of the Federal District District of Columbia. In the 1820s, Alexander joined the movement to the later U.S. President Andrew Jackson. Since he took office in 1829, was discussed inside and outside of Congress violently over his policies. It was about the controversial enforcement of the Indian Removal Act, the conflict with the State of South Carolina, which culminated in the Nullifikationskrise, and banking policy of the President. In the years 1829 and 1830, Alexander was also a delegate to a meeting on the revision of the Constitution of Virginia. In 1832 he gave up another Congress candidate.

In the years 1845 and 1846 Mark Alexander was again a deputy in the state legislature of Virginia. After he retired from politics and devoted himself to his large estate. He died on October 7, 1883 in Scotland Neck.