Member Biography

James B. Alexander 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1873       1 Republican
1875       1 Republican

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


1804 - 10/25/1888

James B. Alexander (R1) Philadelphia County 1873-1875

Early Life: 

James B. Alexander born 1804 Ireland; son of James Alexander; married, Elizabeth; engaged cotton, manufacturing, Nichols and Alexander Company; president, Safeguard Insurance Company of Philadelphia, 1873-74; elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1873-75; appointed, Philadelphia Tax Collector, 1877; retired; died, October 25, 1888, age 84, residence, 833 N 22nd Street, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. No other information available. 

Early Career:

Engaged cotton, manufacturing, Nichols and Alexander Company, Cameron Mills, South Philadelphia, business partnership with Senator Jeremiah Nichols

President, Safeguard Insurance Company of Philadelphia, 1873-1874.

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Member, Union League.   

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1st district, Philadelphia County, 1873-1875; Chair, Canals and Island and Navigation; member Corporations, Municipal Affairs and Public Printing Committees.

Appointed, Philadelphia Tax Collector, 1877


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1875) Smull, J.A.; Members of the Senate of Pennsylvania, page 601 and 606-608.