Biography of Jesse Alexander
Tipton County, IN Biographies





JESSE ALEXANDER, ex-County Treasurer, was born in Butler County, Ohio, May 24, 1827. His parents, Robert and Lucy (Wilson) Alexander, in 1831 removed to Tippecanoe County, Ind. Here they resided until 1842, when they located in Tiptori County. Ind., where Jesse has ever since resided. After the last mentioned date, his father removed to Illinois, in Adams County, in which State he still resides at the advanced age of seventy eight. Our subject attended the common schools. He engaged in farming, in which occupation he had been brought up, in Prairie Township of Tipton County. He commenced with a farm of eighty acres, half prairie and half timber. He is now the possessor of 240 acres of land, 200 acres of which are under cultivation, the balance consisting of timber, and all of it well drained by tile and open ditches, and well set in blue grass. During eleven years, in connection with his other business, he ran a threshing machine during the summer and fall seasons, having purchased the first thresher that was brought to the west part of the county. Politically, he is a Democrat. During a period of twenty years, ten terms, he acted in the capacity of Assessor of Prairie Township. He has been many times a delegate to the Democratic County Conventions, and twice a delegate to the State Convention. In 1879, Mr. Alexander was elected to the office of County Treasurer, and discharged the duties of that position for one term of two years. One other public service of our subject that deserves special mention, is the laying out of Fair View Cemetery, which was performed by him and Mr. Fred Wilcox. It is well arranged and beautifully situated. Mr. Alexander was married September 27, 1849, in Tipton County, to Miss Maria Kemp. The issue of their marriage consists of eight children, viz.: Clara, Mary J., Margaret, David H. and George F.; also three deceased, viz.: Abraham D., Florence H. and. Lucy. He resides on North Main street, in Tipton, in a nice residence, of which he is the owner. Mr. Alexander is practically an abstainer from intoxicants, although he has never signed the pledge.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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