George Forrest Alexander, lawyer and present United States marshal for the State and District of Oregon, was
born at Gallatin, Daviess county, Missouri, April 20, 1882. His father, Judge Joshua W. Alexander, was a distinguished
lawyer, jurist and statesman of that state and was Secretary of Commerce in the cabinet of President Woodrow Wilson.
His mother was a daughter of the late Judge Samuel A. Richardson, noted pioneer lawyer and jurist of Missouri.
The subject of this sketch received his early education in the public and high schools of Gallatin, Missouri, later
entering the academic department of the University of Missouri, where he studied for two years, then entered the
law department of the same school and graduated therefrom three years later or in 1905, with the degree of LL.
B. The following fall he opened a law office at his old home in Gallatin, Missouri, and practiced his profession
there successfully until the spring of 1912, during which time he served his home city about five years as city
attorney and completely revised the city's laws and ordinances. In the spring of 1912 considerations of health
forced him to seek a more congenial climate and his removal to Portland, Oregon, resulted. Here he immediately
resumed the practice of law and quickly gained the confidence and goodwill of the people of Oregon, among whom
he came as a total stranger, and built up through his ability, energy and integrity, a substantial practice. In
September, 1917, shortly after the outbreak of the great World war, Mr. Alexander was tendered and accepted the
appointment as United States Marshal for Oregon and served his country throughout that stirring period with conspicuous
ability, making for himself an enviable record as an energetic, patriotic and public spirited citizen and public
On April 27, 1907, Mr. Alexander was married to Miss Lola Mae Surface, only daughter of the late L. L. Surface.
They have three children: Joshua W., Jr., Lillian Frances and Julia Jane.
Mr. Alexander is a member of the First Christian church; the Portland Chamber of Commerce; Oregon Bar Association;
Portland Golf Club; and Missouri Society of Oregon, of which he was for several years president. He is also an
enthusiastic lodge man, being a thirty second degree Mason and Shriner; he is a member of the Benevolent Protective
Order of Elks, the Woodmen of the World and is an Artisan. During the World war he took an active part in all patriotic
movements and was an enthusiastic worker in all the Liberty loan, Red Cross and similar drives. He is one of the
best known of the so called younger set of lawyers in the state and a forceful, progressive, forward looking citizen
of the highest type.
History of Oregon Illistrated
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922
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