George Alexander (American politician)

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George Alexander
Mayor George Alexander in office
28th Mayor of Los Angeles
In office
March 26, 1909 – July 1, 1913
Preceded byWilliam Stephens
Succeeded byHenry R. Rose
Personal details
BornSeptember 21, 1839
Glasgow, Scotland
DiedAugust 2, 1923 (1923-08-03) (aged 83)
Los Angeles, California

George Alexander (September 21, 1839 – August 2, 1923) was a political figure who, from 1909 to 1913, served as the 28th mayor of Los Angeles, California.[1]

Born in Scotland's largest city, Glasgow, he moved with his parents to the United States at the age of 11. In 1862, during the second year of the Civil War, he married Annie Yeiser in Iowa and participated in combat after enlisting in the Iowa volunteers. After the war, he settled in the small Iowa city of Belle Plaine, and in 1870 started his own grain and feed business.

In 1887, at the age of 48, Alexander moved West to Los Angeles and expanded his grain business. By 1892, he began his governmental career in the County Recorder's office. In 1901, he was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and served until 1909.[2] In 1909 he ran in a recall election against Mayor Arthur C. Harper, and became Mayor of Los Angeles on March 26, 1909 and served until July 1, 1913.[3][4][5]

George Alexander died in Los Angeles seven weeks before his 84th birthday and is interred in the city's Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery.[6]


  1. ^ "MAYORS OF LOS ANGELES" Prepared by The City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department (Printed 2002) Archived 2010-11-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Supervisor George Alexander Archived 2010-05-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ LOS ANGELES' NEW MAYOR Stirs Up Commissions and Makes Two Appointments to Fire Board (Arizona Journal-Miner, April 2, 1909, page 1)
  4. ^ "Rival Candidates for Mayor of Los Angeles" (The Pittsburgh Press, December 2, 1911, page 1, photographs of candidates included)
  5. ^ "WOMEN'S VOTES GAVE VICTORY Defeat of Socialism in Los Angeles Attributed to Them. KNEW HOW TO BALLOT Aided Also in Death of Prohibition Ordinance––Alexander 31,685 Ahead." (The Spokesman-Review, December 7, 1911, page 1)
  6. ^ "George Alexander". Find a Grave. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
Preceded by
Robert E. Wirsching
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
2nd district

Succeeded by
Henry D. McCabe