Joshua W. Alexander
|2nd United States Secretary of Commerce|
December 16, 1919 – March 4, 1921
|Preceded by||William C. Redfield|
|Succeeded by||Herbert Hoover|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Missouri's 3rd district
March 4, 1907 – December 15, 1919
|Preceded by||Frank B. Klepper|
|Succeeded by||Jacob L. Milligan|
|Member of the Missouri House of Representatives|
Joshua Willis Alexander
January 22, 1852
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||February 27, 1936 (aged 84)|
Gallatin, Missouri, U.S.
|Education||Culver-Stockton College (BA)|
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 state representative in the Missouri General Assembly (1883–1887). He served as a judge on Missouri's 17th Circuit until 1905.
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. 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. 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.
After his tenure as Secretary of Commerce, Alexander returned to the practice of law in Missouri. He served as a delegate to the state's constitutional convention in 1922-23.
Joshua W. Alexander was a brother of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Phi chapter).
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Joshua W. Alexander.|
- United States Congress. "Joshua W. Alexander (id: A000098)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- TO SUCCEED W.C. REDFIELD.; Joshua W. Alexander of Missouri New Secretary of Commerce, The New York Times, Dec. 3, 1919
- JW Alexander, Wilson Aide, Dies, The New York Times, Feb 28, 1936
- Judge Alexander, 84, Passes in Missouri, The Atlanta Constitution, Feb 28, 1936
- Airplane Propeller Kills Walter Alexander, Aviator Son of the Secretary of Commerce, New York Times, Sept. 22, 1920