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ALEXANDER, Mark

1792–1883

Biography

ALEXANDER, Mark, a Representative from Virginia; born on a plantation near Boydton, Mecklenburg County, Va., February 7, 1792; attended the public schools; was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in 1811; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of law in Boydton, Va.; member of the State house of delegates 1815-1819; elected as a Republican to the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Congresses; a Crawford Republican to the Eighteenth; and a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth through the Twenty-second Congresses (March 4, 1819-March 3, 1833); chairman, Committee on District of Columbia (Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1832; delegate to the State constitutional convention of 1829-1830; again a member of the State house of delegates, 1845-1846; retired from political life and engaged in the management of his large estate; died in Scotland Neck, Halifax County, N.C., October 7, 1883; interment in the cemetery of the old Episcopal Church.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

College of William and Mary
Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library

Williamsburg, VA
Papers: 1860-1867, 5 items. These papers are from the Alexander family of Mecklenberg, VA. The papers include correspondence from Mark Alexander to his mother, Sally Park Turner Alexander and a list of slaves owned by Mark Alexander. An inventory of the papers is available in the library.

Virginia Historical Society

Richmond, VA
Papers: In the Baskervill Family Papers, 1747-1928, assorted items. Includes correspondence, accounts, bonds, deeds, legal agreements, orders, inventories, and a license for Mark Alexander to practice law in Virginia.
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