Josias du Pré Alexander

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Josias du Pre Alexander (1771 – 20 Aug 1839)[1] was an Irish-born officer of the British East India Company who sat in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom in two periods between 1820 and 1832.

Born in County Londonderry, Alexander joined the East India Company in 1796, and later became a private merchant in Calcutta. His time in India gained him huge wealth.[2]

He returned to the United Kingdom in 1818, and bought an estate in Hampshire. In 1820 he and his brother James jointly purchased the rotten borough of Old Sarum from their cousin Du Pre Alexander, 2nd Earl of Caledon, and returned himself to Parliament that year. With support of the Chancellor Nicholas Vansittart, 1st Baron Bexley, he was elected as a director of East India Company, a post he held until 1838.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "O" [self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b Farrell, Stephen (2009). "ALEXANDER, Josias Du Pré (1771-1839), of Freemantle Park, Hants and 7 Grosvenor Square, Mdx". In D.R. Fisher. The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1820-1832. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Alexander
Arthur Johnston Crawford
Member of Parliament for Old Sarum
1820 – 1828
With: James Alexander
Succeeded by
James Alexander
Stratford Canning
Preceded by
James Alexander
Stratford Canning
Member of Parliament for Old Sarum
18301832
With: James Alexander
constituency abolished