Taliaferro Alexander


Taliaferro Alexander

Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 3 Jun 1924 (aged 78)
Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
Plot Block 14; Lot 13
Memorial ID 50198266 View Source

A History of Louisiana, (vol. 2), p. 131
by Henry E. Chambers.
Published by The American Historical Society, Inc., Chicago and New York, 1925.

Taliaferro Alexander was the veteran and dean of the legal profession in Shreveport, where he practiced law steadily for half a century, and practically all the time occupied one office building in Market Street. In the law he found satisfaction for powers and abilities of exceptional strength, and practically never deviated from the practice to engage in politics.

Taliaferro Alexander was born in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, in 1846.

His mother was a daughter of Judge James T. Taliaferro, a distinguished name in the Louisiana judiciary, who from 1868 to 1876 served as a judge of the State Supreme Court.

Taliaferro Alexander was liberally educated, attending Louisiana State and Tulane Universities, and after being admitted to the bar, located in Shreveport, where he practiced over fifty years. He was associated with the late Newton C. Blanchard and with John D Wilkinson, and in his later years with his son in the partnership or Alexander and Alexander Taliaferro Alexander for many years was a member of the examining board for the bar in his section of the state, and many lawyers practicing today received certificates on which his name appeared as an examiner. Through the steady practice of law for many years he accumulated a large amount of property and showed consummate judgment in handling his business affairs. The only public Office he ever held was as delegate for the Louisiana State Constitutional Convention of 1898.

Mr. Alexander was seventy-eight years of age When he died at his home, 853 Cotton Street, Shreveport, June S, 1924. He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church. The wife of Taliaferro Alexander was Miss Laura Lister, of Greenwood. She survived him and has long had an active part in the Social and civic organizations of Shreveport.

Of a family of six children the only survivor is Albert L. Alexander.

Another son, Percy T. Alexander, died in 1912, after finishing his education in Tulane University. Albert L. Alexander graduated from the law department of the University of Virginia with the degree Bachelor of Laws in 1907, and for seventeen years has been in law practice at Shreveport.

Louisiana: Comprising Sketches of Parishes, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form (volume 3), pp. 25-26.
Edited by Alcée Fortier, Lit.D.
Published in 1914, by Century Historical Association

Alexander, Taliaferro, of Shreveport, a leading lawyer, was born March 17, 1846, in Catahoula parish, the son of John S. Alexander, a native of Kentucky, who followed the profession of physician, and in 1842 removed to Louisiana, engaging in the occupation of planter.

He married Miss Susan Taliaferro, daughter of one of the early settlers of the Pelican state, who, with his father, had emigrated to Louisiana from Virginia in 1813. Three sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. John S. Alexander, their second child being the subject of this sketch. The Alexanders, of Scotch-Irish descent, rank with the pioneer inhabitants of Kentucky, where Robert Alexander, paternal grandfather of Taliaferro Alexander, was born. At the age of 30 years, Dr. Alexander died. Reared in his native parish; educated in local public schools, and next, a student at the Louisiana state university, the younger Alexander entered the law department of the University of Louisiana (now Tulane), and in 1869 received his degree of bachelor of laws. He began the practice of his profession in Shreveport, and was very successful. He was a member of the State Constitutional convention of 1898. In 1876 occurred his marriage with Miss Laura Lister, the daughter of A. D. Lister.
They have one son, Albert L. Alexander, who is a lawyer residing in Shreveport, and a graduate of University of Virginia, where he received the degree of bachelor of laws, in 1907.

Taliaferro Alexander's son Percy T. Alexander was shot as he sat on Walter B. Jacob's front porch on a social call in 1912. He died of his wounds several days later. Percy was a Virginia Military Institute and West Point cadet and an attorney in his father's law firm at the time of his death. The shooter, a black man named Sam Johnson was being kept in a Rapides Parish jail to keep him safe from an angry mob. After Percy passed away, Johnson was to be brought back to Shreveport. A group of men intercepted Johnson and Deputy Ott, who was escorting him back. Johnson was hung just over the Caddo Parish line from a red oak tree in McMillan's pasture on the Mansfield model road. (Shreveport Times; 26 Sept 1912)


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