Nathaniel Alexander (governor)
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Alexander was born near Concord, North Carolina (then Mecklenburg County, now Cabarrus County, North Carolina), the son of a local sheriff. He earned a medical degree from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1776 and was commissioned as a surgeon in the North Carolina Line in 1779. He served through the American Revolutionary War until 1782, and then practiced medicine for a time near Santee, South Carolina. He was distinguished as a politician but also as a physician, with Toner stating that he was a "physician of eminence in Mecklenburg."
Returning to his native North Carolina, Alexander was elected to the North Carolina House of Commons in 1797, to the North Carolina Senate in 1801, and to the United States House of Representatives in 1803.
On 25 November 1805, Alexander was elected governor by the North Carolina General Assembly and served two one-year terms in that office, declining to run for a third. Although a Democratic-Republican, he enjoyed support from the Federalists as well. As governor, he oversaw the resolution of a boundary dispute with Georgia, the expansion of the state's district courts, and the growth of the state's educational system. While Governor, he was also president of The University of North Carolina Board of Trustees. Only a few months after stepping down as Governor, Alexander died in Salisbury, North Carolina; he is buried in Old Settlers' Cemetery in Charlotte, North Carolina.
- Kelly, Howard A.; Burrage, Walter L., eds. (1920). "Alexander, Nathaniel". American Medical Biographies. Baltimore: The Norman, Remington Company.
- Toner, Joseph Meredith (1876). Medical Men of the Revolution. Philadelphia: Collins, Printer.
- Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Robert Sobel and John Raimo, eds. Westport, CT: Meckler Books, 1978. (ISBN 0-930466-00-4)
- Nathaniel Alexander at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 10th congressional district
Evan S. Alexander
|Governor of North Carolina