Biography of Hon. Joseph C. Alexander
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HON. JOSEPH C. ALEXANDER - The subject of this sketch is another of Benton county's most respected and early pioneers. Born in Frederick county, Maryland, December 29, 1809, where he spent his boyhood until March. 1818, when his parents moved to Stark county, Ohio, and the succeeding year until 1843, with the exception of a couple of years spent at the cooper's trade, Mr. Alexander spent in boating on the Erie and Ohio canals. In the above year he, with his wife and two children, left Cleveland for Andrew county, Missouri. The spring of 1846, found our subject and his family members of a company fitted out to cross the plains to Oregon. On the Platt river, although a stranger to the great 'majority he was, however, elected Captain of the train of fifty three wagons, a position he filled until their safe arrival in Jackson county, Oregon. Mr. Alexander then camel direct to Benton country, and in the fall of 1846, located on the farm now owned by S. N. Lilley, near Corvallis, and there resided until 1876, when he traded farms with Mr. Lilley and then moved to his present home in the south end of King's Valley, where he owns six hundred and seventy seven acres of good land. Mr. A. has held several county and State offices. He was first appointed by Gen. Lane, one of the first County Commissioners of Benton county, and at the same time was appointed Justice of the Peace, and in the latter office he had the honor of administering the oath of office to the first county officers of Benton county, thereby setting the first county government in motion. In 1862, he was elected Sheriff of Benton county and in 1868 to the State Legislature.

From:
History of Benton County, Oregon
Published by: David D. Fagan
A. G. Walling, Printers, Lithograohers, Ect.
Portland, Oregon 1885


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