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Biography: William Burford Alexander born August 26, 1853

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Dallas and Perry County, Alabama

William Burford Alexander was born August 26, 1853, at Oak Grove, Perry County the son of Josiah and Elizabeth Angeline (Burford) Alexander, the former a native of Mecklenburg, N. C. He resided a few years near Selma, later removed to Perry County, where he subsequently died. He was a farmer and though too old for service in C. S. Army, served as colonel of county militia. He was the grandson of James Sample Alexander, and of William Burford, of Prairieville, Perry County.

Mr. Alexander was educated in the common schools of Perry County; at East Tennessee University, Knoxville, 187172; Howard college, 1872-73; and University of Alabama, 1874-75.

He was a farmer; but from 1899-1905 was engaged in the real estate business in Selma. He served as justice of the peace; one of the county commissioners of Perry County, and represented that county in the legislature of 1892-93, and of 1919.

William Burford Alexander was a Democrat; Baptist; Mason; Knight of Pythias; Odd Fellow, and Woodman of the World. He married at Mulberry, Lincoln County, Tenn., Ella Bonner Hogue, daughter of George Hogue and wife, a Miss Alexander, of that place.

They had the following known children;

Lila Mae Alexander (b. 1893 Alabama) married Julian Leigh Stroud – had daughter Ella M. Stroud – They were divorced.

William Burford Alexander passed away Jun 28, 1931 and is buried in Pine Flats Cemetery in Perry County, Alabama.


  1. 1870, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 Dallas County, Alabama census
  2. History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography, Volume 3 By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen
  3. Find A Grave Memorial# 37499831 # 37499792

This biography can be found in Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable Alabama Pioneers Volume VI

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