Born in March 1842, Woodward Township, Clearfield County, Joseph Alexander was a farmer and real estate speculator. He enlisted as a private, August 14, 1862, Co. B, 149th Regt., PVI, “Bucktails,” three-year service. He saw action at Chancellorsville; Gettysburg (wounded); the Pursuit of Lee; the Mine Run Campaign, and the battles of the Wilderness, Laurel Hill, Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania Court House, Assault on the Salient, North Anna River, and Jericho Ford. He also participated at Cold Harbor; Bethesda Church; Petersburg; the Crater; Poplar Springs Church; Dabney’s Mill; and Hatcher’s Run. Joseph was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps and mustered out June 24, 1865. After the war, he returned to Clearfield as town clerk, auditor, school director, county commissioner, and road supervisor; elected to the state House in 1897, 1899, and 1901, and later served in the state Senate from 1911 through 1914. Senator Alexander passed away in Bigler Township, Clearfield County on January 10, 1919.