Robert Alexander (United States Army officer)

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Robert Alexander
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Major General Robert Alexander
Born (1863-10-17)October 17, 1863
Baltimore, Maryland
Died August 25, 1941(1941-08-25) (aged 77)
New York City[1]
Place of Burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1886–1927
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands held 77th Division
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Distinguished Service Cross,
Croix de Guerre
Spouse(s) Mollie Augur

Robert Alexander (October 17, 1863 – August 25, 1941) was a soldier in the United States Army. As Major General he commanded the U.S. Army's 77th Infantry Division in France during World War I.

Early life[edit]

Born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 17, 1863, his father was a Judge.[2] Robert Alexander studied law and attained admission to the bar, but decided on a military career.


In 1886, he enlisted as a Private in the 4th Infantry. In 1887, he became the First Sergeant of his Company, and in 1889 received a promotion to second lieutenant.[2]

As he rose through the ranks he took part in the American Indian Wars, served in Puerto Rico during the Spanish–American War, and on the TexasMexico Border during the Pancho Villa Expedition.

He was a Lieutenant Colonel at the start of World War I, and helped train several units for overseas deployment.

He was promoted to Brigadier General on 9 February 1918.[2]

In France, he commanded the 41st Infantry Division, 63rd Infantry Brigade, and 77th Infantry Division.[2]

After the war, he returned to the rank of Colonel and commanded the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade.[3]

He retired in 1927 at the rank of major general.[2]

He authored a memoir, 1931's Memories of the World War, 1917–1918.


He was a freemason.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He married Mollie Augur, who was the daughter of Brigadier General Earl D. Thomas in 1892. Together, they had two sons: William Denison and Robert.[4]


He died in New York City on August 25, 1941.[2] He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


He received the Distinguished Service Cross[2] for heroism at Grandpré, Ardennes in October, 1918.

He received two citations for the Croix de Guerre.[2]

He was awarded the Commandeur of the Legion of Honour.[4]


  1. ^ Washington State Historical Society, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Volumes 31–32, 1941, page 472
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Davis, Jr., Henry Blaine (1998). Generals in Khaki. Raleigh, North Carolina: Pentland Press, Inc. p. 3. ISBN 1571970886. 
  3. ^ Gary J. Clifford, Robert Porter Patterson, The World War I Memoirs of Robert P. Patterson: A Captain in the Great War, 2012, page 98
  4. ^ a b c Who Was Who in American History - the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1975. p. 6. ISBN 0837932017. 

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