Mark Alexander (politician)

Mark Alexander (February 7, 1792 – October 7, 1883) was a nineteenth-century slave owner,[1] lawyer and political figure from Virginia.

Mark Alexander, Jr.
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Mecklenburg County
In office
Alongside William Goode
In office
1815 – 1818
Alongside Armistead Burwell, Edward Tarry and Peyton Burwell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 18th district
In office
March 4, 1819 – March 3, 1823
Preceded byThomas M. Nelson
Succeeded byJoseph Johnson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1833
Preceded byWilliam McCoy
Succeeded byJames Gholson
Chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia
In office
March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1829
Preceded byEdward Lloyd
Succeeded byGershom Powers
Personal details
BornFebruary 7, 1792
Boydton, Virginia
DiedOctober 7, 1883(1883-10-07) (aged 91)
Scotland Neck, North Carolina
Resting placeScotland Neck, North Carolina
Political partyCrawford Democratic-Republican (before 1825)
Other political
Jacksonian (after 1825)
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina


Born on a plantation near Boydton, Virginia, Alexander attended the public schools as a child and graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1811. He studied law and was admitted to the bar, commencing practice in Boydton. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1815 to 1819 before he was elected a Democratic-Republican, Crawford Republican and Jacksonian to the United States House of Representatives in 1818, serving from 1819 to 1833. There, Alexander served as chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia from 1825 to 1829. After declining renomination in 1832, he was a delegate to the Virginia Constitutional Convention from 1829 to 1830 and was again a member of the House of Delegates from 1845 to 1846. Alexander then retired from political life and engaged in managing his large plantation until his death in Scotland Neck, North Carolina on October 7, 1883. He was interred in Episcopal Church Cemetery in Scotland Neck.

He owned a plantation that had, depending on estimates, between 30 and 100 slaves.[2][3]


  • 1823; Alexander was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives unopposed.
  • 1825; Alexander was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1827; Alexander was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1829; Alexander was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1831; Alexander was re-elected unopposed.


  1. ^ "Congress slaveowners", The Washington Post, 2022-01-13, retrieved 2022-01-14
  2. ^ "Fact Friday 101 – A Notable Slave Cemetery Near UNCC". 704 Shop. Retrieved 2022-01-14.
  3. ^ "Alexander, Mark | NCpedia". Retrieved 2022-01-14.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 18th congressional district

Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by