Born in Hesse Darnsade Germany. Married Rosina Olthus in 1865 at Cairo, Illinois. Alexander Emigrated to the US in 1857 and originally settled in Cincinnati. Enlisted in Co. G 9th Regiment Ohio Infantry in May 1861. Was involved the conflicts at Shiloh, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain. He was mustered out in July 1864. He came to Omaha in 1869 and was proprietor of the St. James Hotel. Was a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Omaha Maennerchor.