James B Alexander
Born about 1804 in Ireland, James B. Alexander was a cotton manufacturer and the son of James Alexander of South Ward who appears in census records as of 1810. Eventually James and wife Elizabeth moved to the 9th Ward, where the businessman created a partnership with Cameron Republican and state Senator Jeremiah Nichols, forming the Nichols and Alexander Company at Cameron Mills, South Philly. By the Civil War, Alexander was an ardent Republican and became a member of the Union League. James emerged as an extremely wealthy man, was elected to the state Senate, 1873-75; served as first President of the Safeguard Insurance Company of Philadelphia, 1873-74 (however, met with financial problems and conceded his chair in late 1873 to a new chief officer); was appointed Philadelphia Tax Collector, 1877; and then retired to a residence at 833 N 22nd St., where he died on October 25, 1888, age 84.