Joseph Bullen Alexander


Joseph Bullen Alexander

Eau Claire, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 27 Feb 1949 (aged 78)
Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Burial Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 176498770 View Source
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The Seattle Daily Times, February 28, 1949, page 7:
Joseph Alexander
Joseph B. Alexander, 1417 38th Ave., a Seattle lawyer since 1900, died Saturday after a brief illness. He was 78 years old.
Mr. Alexander, a native of Eau Claire, Wis., was graduated from the University of Wisconsin law school. He was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity.
Surviving is his widow Jessie.
Funeral arrangements are being made by the Bonney-Watson Company.

History of Seattle, Volume III, Bagley, 1916:

Page 227:
Joseph Bullen Alexander
Joseph Bullen Alexander, a leading attorney of Seattle practicing as senior member of the firm of Alexander & Bundy, has long been prominent in professional circles here, serving at one time as assistant attorney general of the state. His birth occurred at Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on the 21st of November 1870, and there he completed his public-school education. In 1890 he entered Colby College of Waterville, Maine, and four years later received the degree of Bachelor of Arts from that institution. During the years 1895 [228] and 1896 he pursued a law course at the University of Wisconsin, which conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Laws. In the latter year he began the practice of law at Hayward, Sawyer County, Wisconsin, and in 1898 was elected probate judge of the county. On the 29th of June, 1898, he was united in marriage to Miss Jessie M. Bunker, of Waterville, Maine. In the same year he also received from Colby College the honorary degree of Master of Arts.
In 1900, following the expiration of his term as county judge of Sawyer County, Wisconsin, Mr. Alexander came to Seattle, being associated with the law firm of Kerr & McCord during the next two years. In 1902 he commenced the practice of law independently and five years later was appointed assistant attorney general of the state of Washington under Attorney General John D. Atkinson. He served in that capacity until 1910, making a highly creditable and commendable record. In 1907 he formed a law partnership with Edward W. Bundy, under the firm name of Alexander & Bundy, which association has been maintained to the present time. They are engaged in general practice and represent numerous lumber and timber interests. As a lawyer Mr. Alexander is sound, clear-minded and well-trained. The limitations which are imposed by the constitution on federal powers are well understood by him. With the long line of decisions from Marshal down, by which the constitution has been expounded, he is familiar, as are all thoroughly skilled lawyers. He is felicitous and clear in argument, thoroughly in earnest, full of the vigor of conviction, never abusive of his adversaries, imbued with highest courtesy and a foe worthy of the steel of the most able opponent.
Mr. Alexander has taken an active part in political affairs during the greater part of the time since coming to Seattle, being prominent in the work of the Young Men’s Republican Club of King County until 1912, when he became an independent. He belongs to the Zeta Psi, a college Greek letter fraternity; Phi Delta Phi, a law fraternity; Keystone Lodge, No. 263, A. F. & A. M.; the Seattle Athletic Club; the Rainier Club, the Metropolitan Lumberman’s Club, and the Order of Hoo Hoos. His residence is at No. 1417 Thirty-eighth Avenue in Seattle.

Parents are Charles Alexander, born Maine about 1824 and Charlotte (or Harriet) Bullen born in Maine about 1832. Can't find graves for them. There should be a sister - Olin F born in Massachusetts about 1860.

Suggested edit: Joseph's father married a second time in January 1861. Olin (maybe Olive) is listed as 20 in 1880, born in Mass and her father was from NH - not Maine so I don't think she really was his sister. I put in the links to his parents. Dr. Charles Alexander was probably not the son of Benjamin and Betsey as posted on his findagrave page as I can find no Benjamin married to a Betsey in Maine at that time.
Contributor: Delia Wilson Lunsford (48306606) •
Also added his father and mother.

10/27/2019 Delia Wilson Lunsford (48306606) submitted the following:
Joseph Alexander (176498770)

Suggested edit: The "Olin" would have been Olive Adams - Joseph's step sister, who married to Daniel Scammon.
Contributor: Delia Wilson Lunsford (48306606) •

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