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Charles Alexander

CHARLES ALEXANDER, lawyer, was born June 5, 1862, near Prattville, Autauga County; son of John Loftin and Martha Anne Rebecca (Hill) Alexander, the former born at Hayneville, Lowndes County, lived at Prattville, was a member of Co. K, 1st Alabama Infantry Regiment, Confederate States Army; grandson of Peyton Smith and Mary P. (Minter) Alexander, who lived at Hayneville, and of Abner and Mary Spencer (Pegues) Hill, of near PrattviUe, the former a native of North Carolina, the latter born in Cheraw, South Carolina, her ancestors being Huguenots who settled in South Carolina early in the eighteenth century; great-grandson of Edmund Alexander, who came from Petersburg, Virginia, to Georgia and thence to Alabama, settled near Hayneville; and great-great-grandson of William Pegues, lieutenant in the command of Gen. Francis Marion, in the American Revolution.

Charles Alexander received his early education in Prattville Academy, and his collegiate education in Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. In 1885 he was admitted to the bar; was deputy collector for the district of Alabama, 1889-1903; in 1904 appointed as U. S. Commissioner at Attalla, and this position he has held for ten years.

He is a Progressive Republican; in 1890 was the Republican nominee for attorney general of Alabama; was a delegate to the National Republican convention of 1896 and 1900 and to the Progressive national convention of 1912. He is an Odd Fellow; Knight of Pythias; and an Elk.

June 7, 1903, at Attalla, to Helen Mortimer, daughter of Robert Henry and Emelyn Johnson (Bray) Freman, of Attalla, the former a descendant of Robert Freman, one of the eighteen Englishmen who, in 1645, under Dutch authority, founded Flushing, Long Island, and great-granddaughter of Gen. Daniel Bray, who collected the boats in which Gen. Washington and his army, on the night of their attack on Trenton, crossed the Delaware River.


Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, LL.D., Volume III,
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Compnay, Chicago, 1921

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