Badlam was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He was a coachmaker by trade. In 1833, Badlam married Mary Ann Brannan in York County, Maine. The couple became members of Joseph Smith's Church of Christ and moved to the Kirtland, Ohio region.
In 1834, Badlam was a member of the Zion's Camp expedition that traveled from Lake County, Ohio to Jackson County, Missouri. On February 28, 1835, Badlam became one of the inaugural members of the First Quorum of the Seventy. In 1835, he settled in Missouri and became a member of the church's Missouri high council.
In 1839, after the "extermination order" was issued, Badlam fled Missouri with the other Latter Day Saints was issued and settled in Nauvoo, Illinois. Badlam was admitted as a member of the Council of Fifty on March 11, 1844, but was dropped from the council on February 4, 1845.
In 1847 and 1848, Badlam presided over the branch of the church in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1849, he traveled from Boston by ship to Sacramento, California to participate in the California Gold Rush. In 1850, he returned to Boston and he and his family traveled by ship to Utah Territory via California as Mormon pioneers. After arriving in Utah, Badlam was readmitted to the Council of Fifty.
Badlam was the brother-in-law to Samuel Brannan, California's first millionaire.
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- "Badlam, Alexander Sr.": Joseph Smith Papers, josephsmithpapers.org
- Alexander Badlam at Find a Grave