Member Biography

James B. Alexander 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1873       1 Republican
1874       1 Republican
1875       1 Republican

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


1804 - 10/25/1888

James B. Alexander (R1) Philadelphia (Part) 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 (Part) County, 1873-1875; committee assignments, Canals and Island and Navigation (Chairman), Corporations, Municipal Affairs, Public Printing. 

Appointed, Philadelphia Tax Collector, 1877


Cox, Harold. Senate Members "A" ( Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1875) Smull, J.A.; pages 606-608; Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 601.