Holmes Alexander

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Holmes Moss Alexander
Member of Maryland House of Delegates
In office
Personal details
Born (1906-01-19)January 19, 1906
Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA
Died December 5, 1985(1985-12-05) (aged 79)
Resting place Saint Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery in Owings Mills, Maryland
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Morgan Barksdale Alexander
Residence Owings Mills, Maryland
Occupation Historian, journalist
Religion Episcopalian

Holmes Moss Alexander (January 29, 1906 - December 5, 1985) was an American historian, journalist, syndicated columnist, and politician, originally from Parkersburg, West Virginia.[1]

From 1931 to 1935, Alexander was a member of the all-Democratic delegation from Baltimore County to the Maryland House of Delegates.[2]

Typical of Alexander's newspaper columns was one that he wrote on Democratic Governor George Wallace of Alabama, who when term-limited in 1966 ran his wife, Lurleen Burns Wallace, as a surrogate gubernatorial candidate, against Republican U.S. Representative James D. Martin. Known for his opposition to school desegregation, Wallace procured passage of a series of state laws promptly struck down by federal courts, who required the implementation of Brown v. Board of Education. Alexander writes: "Though Wallace has lost every fight with Washington, Alabamians are convinced he has come off the winner."[3]

Alexander's books include The American Talleyrand: Martin Van Buren (1935), Aaron Burr: The Proud Pretender (1937), American Nabob (1939), and Selena: A Romantic Novel (1941).[4] Other Alexander works include Pen and Politics: The Autobiography of a Working Writer, How to Read The Federalist, To Covet Honor: A Biography of Alexander Hamilton, The Spirit of '76, Washington and Lee: A Study in Will to Win, Seattle: Growth of the City, Tokyo: Growth of the City, Hong Kong: Growth of the City, Beijing: Growth of the City, Shanghai: Growth of the City, and Vancouver, British Columbia: The Growth of the City/State.[5] His last publication, Never Lose a War: Memoirs and Observations of a National Columnist, was released in 1984, the year before his death.

His maternal uncle, Hunter Holmes Moss, Jr., was a circuit judge and then a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from West Virginia from 1913 until his death in 1916.[1]

Alexander was married to the former Mary Morgan Barksdale. He resided in Owings Mills in Baltimore County, Maryland, where he is interred at Saint Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Blair-Moss-Alexander family of West Virginia". politicalgraveyard.com. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Archives of Maryland, Historical List, House of Delegates, Baltimore County (1790-1966)". msa.maryland.gov. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  3. ^ The Huntsville Times, October 14, 1966
  4. ^ "Works of Holmes Alexander". unz.org. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Holmes Alexander". librarything.com. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Holmes Alexander". image2.findagrave.com. Retrieved February 24, 2012.