Govornor Nathaniel Alexander

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Nathaniel Alexander

Birthdate: (52)
Birthplace: Mecklenburg County North Carolin
Death: 1808 (52)
Place of Burial: Old Cemetery, Charlotte, NC.
Immediate Family:

Son of Colonel Moses J. Alexander, Jr. and Sarah Alexander
Husband of Margaret Alexander
Brother of William Lee Alexander; Jane Alexander; Moses Alexander; Sarah Alexander; Wallace Alexander and 1 other
Half brother of Mary Irwin

Occupation: US Congress
Managed by: Linda Coleen Stutzman
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About Govornor Nathaniel Alexander

Nathaniel Alexander (March 5, 1756 – March 7, 1808) was the 13th Governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1805 to 1807.


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.

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.


Governor of North Carolina 1805. (Information found in papers of the late Eula Lytton, Roaring river, NC - 1991)

This is information was found on the internet August 2009:

Alexander, Nathaniel, (cousin of Evan Shelby Alexander), a Representative from North Carolina; born near Concord, Mecklenburg County, NC, March 5, 1756; attended the common schools; was graduated from Princeton College in 1776; studied medicine and surgery; served in the Revolutionary War as a surgeon 1778-1782; after independence was established, practiced his profession at the High Hills of Santee in South Carolina; subsequently returned to Charlotte, NC, and continued practice; member of the State house of commons in 1787; served in the State senate in 1801 and 1802; elected as a Republican to the Eighth and Ninth Congresses and served from march 4, 1803, until November 1805, when he resigned to become Governor; Governor of North Carolina 1805-1807; died in Salisbury, Rowan County, NC, March 7, 1808; interment in Old Cemetery, Charlotte, NC.

US Congressman, North Carolina Governor. He served as a surgeon during the American Revolution. After the war, he served in the state legislature from 1797 to 1802. He was elected to represent North Carolina in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1803 to 1805. He resigned to become the Governor of North Carolina in 1805, and died shortly after leaving office in 1807.

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Govornor Nathaniel Alexander's Timeline

Mecklenburg County North Carolin
Age 52
Old Cemetery, Charlotte, NC.