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Sydenham Benoni Alexander

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Death: June 14, 1921 (80)
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Place of Burial: Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Moses Winslow Alexander and Violet Wilson Winslow Alexander
Husband of Louise Alexander and Emma P Alexander
Brother of Emily Eugenia Alexander; Wistar Winslow Alexander; James Graham Alexander; Violet Rebecca Winslow Alexander; Isabella Hayes and 6 others

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About Sydenham Benoni Alexander, US Congress

Sydenham Benoni Alexander (8 December 1840 – 14 June 1921) was a Democratic U.S. Congressman from North Carolina between 1891 and 1895.

Alexander, born near Charlotte, North Carolina in 1840, attended preparatory schools in Rocky River and Wadesboro and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1860.

At the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861, he enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private in the First Regiment, North Carolina Volunteer Infantry. He was elected captain of Company K, Forty-second North Carolina Regiment, in June 1862. He detached from his company in 1864 and served as inspector general on the staff of Maj. Gen. Robert F. Hoke,

After the Civil War, Alexander was a member of the North Carolina Senate in 1879, 1883, 1885, 1887, where he was instrumental in the establishment of the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later North Carolina State University; Alexander served on its board of trustees), and was president of the North Carolina Railroad. He became the first president of the North Carolina Farmers Alliance around 1887.[1] He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor of North Carolina in 1888. After his defeat at the state convention by Daniel Gould Fowle, Alexander was offered the nomination for Lieutenant Governor but declined.[2]

A Democrat, Alexander was elected to the U.S. House in 1890 and served in the 52nd and 53rd Congresses. He did not run for a third term in 1894, but retired to his "Enderly Plantation" estate in Mecklenburg County. He served one additional term in the North Carolina Senate in 1901.

Alexander finally moved to Charlotte in 1906 and died there in 1921; he is buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

US Congressman. He enlisted in the Confederate Army upon the outbreak of the Civil War, rising to Captain and commander of Company K, 42nd North Carolina Infantry regiment. Late in the war he was detailed to serve as Inspector General on the staff of Confederate Major General Robert F. Hoke. Following the war, he served as a member of the North Carolina state senate before being elected to represent North Carolina's 6th District in the United States House of Representatives, serving in that office from 1891 until 1895

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December 8, 1840
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
June 14, 1921
Age 80
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA