Biography of De Alva Stanwood Alexander


Alexander, De Alva Stanwood, Buffalo, was born in Richmond, Me., July 17, 1846. He entered the army in 1862 and served three years, after which he fitted for college at Edward Little Institute, Auburn, Me., and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1870, receiving the degree of A. B. Three years later he received the degree qf A. M. On leaving college, he located at Indianapolis, Ind., where he studied law with Hon. Joseph McDonald, and afterwards practiced in partnership with Hon. Stanton J. Peelle, now judge of the Court of Claims at Washington, D. C. In 1881 Mr. Alexander was appointed by President Garfield an auditor of the Treasury Department at Washington, an office which he held until 1885, when he settled in Buffalo, forming a law partnership with his college classmate, Hon. James A. Roberts, at present comptroller of the State of New York. In the campaign of 1888 he served as secretary to President Benjamin Harrison, and in May, 1889, was appointed United States attorney for the Northern District of New York. His successor was appointed in December, 1893. In November, 1896, he was elected to the Fifty-fifth Congress. Mr. Alexander takes an active interest in the Grand Army of the Republic, having served during his residence in Washington as commander of the Department of the Potomac. He is an able lawyer, a public-spirited citizen, and a man of broad culture and experience.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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