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Moses Alexander

Also Known As: "11th Governor of Idaho"
Birthplace: Obrigheim, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death: January 04, 1932 (78)
Boise, Ada County, Idaho, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jonathan Alexander and Phillipina Alexander
Husband of Helena (Hedwig) Alexander
Father of Emma Simons; Henrietta Alexander; Leha Spiro and Nathan Alexander
Brother of Mathias Alexander; Franziska Shamanski; Amalia Alexander; Fredrika Ullman; Carolina Gilsey and 2 others

Occupation: first Jewish governor in US
Managed by: Tamás Flinn Caldwell-Gilbert
Last Updated:

About Moses Alexander

He was the first Jewish governor in the United States.

Moses Alexander was born in Obrigheim, Bavaria, on November 13, 1853. As a fourteen-year-old, Alexander immigrated to the United States, settling in Chillicothe, Missouri, and finding work in a mercantile firm. He entered politics in 1886, serving as a member of Chillicothe's city council. He also served as mayor of Chillicothe from 1887 to 1890. In 1891, Alexander moved to Boise, Idaho, where he became a successful merchant, owning and operating profitable stores in three different states. He reentered public service as mayor of Boise, serving from 1897 to 1899, and again from 1901 to 1903. He was an unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate in 1908; however, six years later he was victorious, and became Idaho's eleventh governor. He was reelected to a second term in 1916. During his tenure, a state highway system was initiated, the bureau of farm markets was planned, a workmen's compensation bill was introduced, eight new counties were established, statewide prohibition was enacted, labor disputes in the state's logging and mining camps were dealt with, and the tax rate was cut. Alexander also endorsed the women's suffrage movement, advocated advancing irrigation and farming developments, abolished and combined state agencies, and supported and prepared the state for the looming war. Alexander left office on January 6, 1919 and returned to his mercantile business. He served as a delegate to the 1920, 1924, and 1928 Democratic National Conventions, and he ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1922. Governor Alexander Alexander died on January 4, 1932, and was buried at the Morris Hill Cemetery in Boise.

"Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 5 August 2017), Helena Alexander in entry for Moses Alexander, 04 Jan 1932; citing Boise, Ada, Idaho, reference 77789, Department of Health and Welfare, Boise; FHL microfilm 1,530,912.

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Moses Alexander's Timeline

November 13, 1853
Obrigheim, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
September 27, 1878
September 5, 1880
Missouri, United States
March 28, 1883
Chillicothe, Livingston County, Missouri, United States
October 3, 1885
Chillicothe, Livingston County, Missouri, United States
January 4, 1932
Age 78
Boise, Ada County, Idaho, United States