Sydenham Benoni Alexander

Sydenham Benoni Alexander (* December 8, 1840 in Charlotte, North Carolina, † June 14, 1921 ) was an American politician. Between 1891 and 1895 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Sydenham Alexander was a cousin of U.S. Vice President Adlai Stevenson (1835-1914) and Senator John Sharp Williams ( 1854-1932 ). He attended schools in Rocky River and Wadesboro. Then he studied until 1860 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During the Civil War he served as an officer in various positions in the army of the Confederacy. After the war, Alexander began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1879 and 1901 he sat in the Senate of North Carolina. He was also involved in the founding of the North Carolina Agricultural and Mechanical College, the Board of Trustees he served later. He was also president of the railway company North Carolina Railroad.

In the congressional elections of 1890 Alexander was in the sixth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Alfred Rowland on March 4, 1891. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1895 two legislative sessions. In 1894 he abandoned a bid again. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, Alexander retired to his plantation " Enderly Plantation " in Mecklenburg County, which he managed. In 1906 he moved to Charlotte, where he died on 14 June 1921.