ALEXANDER, Richard (b. 1877)

Richard Alexander is a Kentucky lawyer whose name and abilities are known far beyond the limits of his home county of McLean.  He has practiced law at Calhoun for the past twenty years, and is regarded as one of the most brilliant men in his profession in that section of the state.

The Alexanders are of Scotch-Irish ancestry, and they came to Kentucky from Virginia.  James Alexander, grandfather of the Calhoun lawyer, was a native of that state and in early life settled in Oldham County, Kentucky, but during the ‘60s moved to McLean County, where he started life as a farmer.  His son, Benjamin F. Alexander, was born in Oldham County in 1855, grew up from early boyhood in McLean County and was about twenty years of age when he married Ann Mary Hodgin.  She was born in Daviess County, Kentucky.  Her father, James Hodgin, was a Union soldier and died in Georgia while in the service.  Her mother, Jane (Vance) Hodgin, was reared in McLean County.  Mrs. Benjamin Alexander is still living, at the age of sixty-four.  Benjamin Alexander after his marriage lived in Daviess County on a farm until about 1900, then moved to Marshall County, and died there in 1908.  He and his wife had ten children, all of whom grew up on the farm.

Richard Alexander was born on a farm in Delware, Daviess County, January 12, 1877, and his mind and character were molded in a rural environment.  He attended country schools, during 1898 was a student in the Western State Normal at Bowling Green, and during 1899-1900 was in the State University at Lexington.  Four years of his early life were spent as a teacher.  In the meantime he began the study of law at Calhoun, was admitted to practice in April, 1901, and from that date to the present has carried some of the heavier responsibilities of professional life. In 1903 he was appointed master commissioner of the McLean County Circuit Court, and held that office until 1910.  In that year he was elected county attorney, and served eight years, a part of the period of the World war.  Since retiring from office he has given his entire time and energy to his extensive general practice.

Mr. Alexander is a democrat, a member of the Christian Church, and a Royal Arch Mason.  In June, 1914, he married Mrs. Edna (Ingram) Greenup, a native of McLean County and daughter of George and Lillie IngramMr. and Mrs. Alexander have two children, Walter W. and Richard, Jr.

Source: Kerr, Charles, William E. Connelley, and E M. Coulter. History of Kentucky. Chicago: American Historical Society, 1922. Page 263-4.

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