|Birth: ||May 28, 1824|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 14, 1901|
At the time of his death, the oldest practicing physician in Atlanta.
Excerpt from the article "Dr. J. F. Alexander Breathes His Last," from the Atlanta Constitution, November 15, 1901, page 7:
"Dr. Alexander was 77 years of age and one of the most prominent physicians in the southern states. He was a pioneer citizen of Atlanta, and the years of his life spent here were marked by acts of usefulness. He evinced great interest in the upbuilding of the city and for many years was prominently connected with the municipal health department. He was a member of the board of health and was honored with the presidency of that body for several terms.
He was a native of South Carolina, having been born in Greenville district May 28, 1824. His father was Dr. Thomas W. Alexander, who died in 1848. While a youth Dr. Alexander moved with his father to Lawrenceville, Ga., where he received the principal part of his education at a school taught by Rev. James Patterson. He afterwards attended Oglethorpe university for two years. He began the study of medicine in 1846 with Dr. James Gordon and in 1849 graduated at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. In the same year he came to Atlanta and soon became actively identified with the city.
In 1861 Dr. Alexander was a delegate from Fulton county to the secession convention, and his vote was the second recorded for the ordinance of secession. Later he entered the Confederate army as surgeon of the Seventh Georgia Infantry.
He has held the office of president, vice president, treasurer and censor of the Georgia State Medical Association, and was also a member of the American Medical Association. He was a member of the First Methodist church and had held the office of stewards.
Dr. Alexander was twice married. His first wife was Miss Georgia Orme, daughter of Richard Orme, editor and owner of The Southern Recorder, at Milledgeville. She died in 1876. He afterwards married Miss Ada Reynolds, daughter of Hon. Permedas Reynolds, of Covington, Ga. Mrs. J. P. Stevens, the oldest child, is a daughter of his first wife."
Dr. Alexander was survived by his wife and three children, Mrs. J. P. Stevens, James F. Alexander, Jr., and Miss Ada Alexander. He was also survived by a brother, Colonel Thomas W. Alexander, of Rome, and sister, Mrs. E. A. Lowry, of Savannah.
Georgia Orme Alexander (1831 - 1876)
Ada Reynolds Alexander (1848 - 1925)
Infant Alexander (1886 - 1886)*
Created by: Julia Ather
Record added: Mar 08, 2010
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