James Alexander (1769–1848)

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James Alexander (1769 – 12 September 1848)[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 from 1812 to 1832.

Born in County Londonderry, Alexander joined the East India Company in 1784, and later became a partner in a merchant bank 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 Josias jointly purchased the rotten borough of Old Sarum from their cousin, The 2nd Earl of Caledon, who had been returning James to Parliament since 1812, having previously returned another brother Henry Alexander.[2][3]


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "O" [self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b Anderson, J. W. (2009). R. Thorne, ed. "ALEXANDER, James (1769-1848), of Somerhill, Kent". The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820. Boydell and Brewer. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Farrell, Stephen (2009). D.R. Fisher, ed. "ALEXANDER, Josias Du Pré (1771-1839), of Freemantle Park, Hants and 7 Grosvenor Square, Mdx". The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1820-1832. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Nicholas Vansittart
Josias du Pre Porcher
Member of Parliament for Old Sarum
May 1812 – 1832
With: Josias du Pre Porcher to 1818
Arthur Johnston Crawford from 1818–20
Josias du Pré Alexander 1820–28
Stratford Canning 1828–30
Josias du Pré Alexander to 1830–32
constituency abolished