Joshua W. Alexander

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Joshua W. Alexander
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2nd United States Secretary of Commerce
In office
December 16, 1919 – March 4, 1921
President Woodrow Wilson
Preceded by William C. Redfield
Succeeded by Herbert C. Hoover
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from
Missouri's 3rd congressional district
In office
1907–1919
Preceded by Frank B. Klepper
Succeeded by Jacob L. Milligan
Personal details
Born (1852-01-22)January 22, 1852
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Died February 27, 1936 (aged 84)
Gallatin, Missouri, U.S.
Resting place Brown Cemetery,
Gallatin, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Roe Ann Alexander (née Richardson)
Children Samuel Alexander
Walter Alexander
Julia Alexander
Frances Alexander
George Forrest Alexander
Roena Alexander
Preston Alexander
Lawrence Alexander
Alma mater Culver-Stockton College
Profession Politician

Joshua Willis Alexander (January 22, 1852 - February 27, 1936) was United States Secretary of Commerce from December 16, 1919 - March 4, 1921 in the administration of President Woodrow Wilson.[1]

Biography[edit]

Born on January 22, 1852 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Thomas Willis Alexander and Jane (née Robinson). Alexander attended Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri and later moved to Gallatin, Missouri, where he served as mayor and then as a representative in the Missouri General Assembly (1882–1887).[2] He served as a judge on Missouri's 17th Circuit until 1905.[3]

Alexander,a member of the United States Democratic Party, served as a United States Representative from Missouri from 1907 until his resignation to become Commerce Secretary in 1919.[4] He served as chairman of the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries and took a lead role in shaping wartime shipping legislation, which drew him to the attention of President Wilson.[5] He also gained prominence for his service as Chairman of the United States Commission to the international conference on the safety of life at sea in London in 1913.[6]

After his tenure as Secretary of Commerce, Alexander returned to the practice of law in Missouri.[7] He served as a delegate to the state's constitutional convention in 1922-23.

He died there on February 27, 1936, at the age of 84, eighteen years later, after retiring in Gallatin.[8] Alexander was interred in Brown Cemetery in Gallatin, Missouri.

Joshua W. Alexander was a brother of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Phi chapter).

Family[edit]

Alexander married, the former Roe Ann Richardson (February 3, 1859 - March 18, 1940), the daughter of a judge, on February 3, 1876.[9] The couple had eight children.[10]

Alexander's son, aviator Walter Alexander, was killed in a propellor accident at Bolling Field in 1920.[11] Another son, George Forrest Alexander, became a federal judge in Juneau, Alaska.[12]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ TO SUCCEED W.C. REDFIELD.; Joshua W. Alexander of Missouri New Secretary of Commerce, The New York Times, Dec. 3, 1919
  2. ^ TO SUCCEED W.C. REDFIELD.; Joshua W. Alexander of Missouri New Secretary of Commerce, The New York Times, Dec. 3, 1919
  3. ^ TO SUCCEED W.C. REDFIELD.; Joshua W. Alexander of Missouri New Secretary of Commerce, The New York Times, Dec. 3, 1919
  4. ^ TO SUCCEED W.C. REDFIELD.; Joshua W. Alexander of Missouri New Secretary of Commerce, The New York Times, Dec. 3, 1919
  5. ^ JW Alexander, Wilson Aide, Dies, The New York Times, Feb 28, 1936
  6. ^ Judge Alexander, 84, Passes in Missouri, The Atlanta Constitution, Feb 28, 1936
  7. ^ Judge Alexander, 84, Passes in Missouri, The Atlanta Constitution, Feb 28, 1936
  8. ^ Judge Alexander, 84, Passes in Missouri, The Atlanta Constitution, Feb 28, 1936
  9. ^ Judge Alexander, 84, Passes in Missouri, The Atlanta Constitution, Feb 28, 1936
  10. ^ Judge Alexander, 84, Passes in Missouri, The Atlanta Constitution, Feb 28, 1936
  11. ^ Airplane Propeller Kills Walter Alexander, Aviator Son of the Secretary of Commerce, New York Times, Sept. 22, 1920
  12. ^ JW Alexander, Wilson Aide, Dies, The New York Times, Feb 28, 1936
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frank B. Klepper
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 3rd congressional district

1907-1919
Succeeded by
Jacob L. Milligan
Political offices
Preceded by
William C. Redfield
U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Served under: Woodrow Wilson

December 16, 1919–March 4, 1921
Succeeded by
Herbert Hoover