Born in Washington, Pennsylvania on September 6, 1843, the son of James C. and Margaret Wise Hawkins, Alexander L. Hawkins was educated at George’s Creek Academy and Waynesburg College; taught school; enlisted as a private Aug. 7, 1862, Co. K, 160th Regt., PVI, 15th Pa. Cavalry; transferred to Co. I, promoted Cpl., Aug. 30; 1st Lt., May 12, 1863; service at Antietam, where the regiment joined the Army of the Cumberland, Nashville; participated in 64 battles, skirmishes, and scouting missions thereafter, including Stoney River; Murfreesboro; the Tullahoma Campaign; Chickamauga; Gatlinburg; Stoneman’s Raid into Virginia; and Salisbury. He pursued and helped neutralize Confederate General John Bell Hood’s forces and participated in the capture of Jefferson Davis. Hawkins transferred to the 101st USCT, 1st Lt., Co. H and I, promoted Captain, 1865; mustered out January 21, 1866. With the 101st, he participated in the defense against guerillas at Gallatin, Tennessee; secured and defended the Louisville and Nashville Railroad and the garrison at Stevenson’s Gap; later deployed to Clarksville and the Alabama Campaign; mustered-out in Nashville, January 21, 1866. After the war, he entered the drug business in Pittsburgh, 1866; moved to Washington County; County Treasurer, 1875; Pa. Nat. Guard, Capt., Co. H, 10th Regt., 1877; called out to quell the Susquehanna Depot Riot of 1877; elected Colonel, 1884; service during the 1891 coke region strikes and the Homestead Strike, 1892. He was mustered in the U.S. Army, May 12, 1898, deployed to the Philippines; elected to state Senate while on active duty; brevetted Brig. General, U.S. Army; died, July 18, 1899, active duty, from malaria. He married Cynthia Greenfield of Washington County.