Nathaniel Alexander (governor)

Nathaniel Alexander (March 5, 1756 – March 7, 1808) was a physician and the 13th Governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1805 to 1807.[1]

Nathaniel Alexander
13th Governor of North Carolina
In office
December 10, 1805 – December 1, 1807
Preceded byJames Turner
Succeeded byBenjamin Williams
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1803 – November 1805
Preceded byJohn Stanly
Succeeded byEvan S. Alexander
Member of the North Carolina House of Commons
In office
Member of the North Carolina State Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1756-03-05)March 5, 1756
Anson County, Province of North Carolina, British America
(near modern-day Concord, North Carolina)
DiedMarch 7, 1808(1808-03-07) (aged 52)
Salisbury, North Carolina, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic-Republican


Alexander was born in 1756, in what was at the time known as Anson County in the Province of North Carolina (his birthplace is located near the modern city of Concord). He was the son of a local sheriff. He earned a bachelor's degree from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1776 and was commissioned as a surgeon in the North Carolina Line in 1779. He served through the American Revolutionary War until 1782, and then practiced medicine for a time near Santee, South Carolina. He was distinguished as a politician but also as a physician, with Toner stating that he was a "physician of eminence in Mecklenburg."[2]

Returning to his native North Carolina, Alexander was elected to the North Carolina House of Commons in 1797, to the North Carolina Senate in 1801, and to the United States House of Representatives in 1803.

On November 25, 1805, Alexander was elected governor by the North Carolina General Assembly and served two one-year terms in that office, declining to run for a third. Although a Democratic-Republican, he enjoyed support from the Federalists as well. As governor, he oversaw the resolution of a boundary dispute with Georgia, the expansion of the state's district courts, and the growth of the state's educational system. While governor, he was also president of The University of North Carolina Board of Trustees. Only a few months after stepping down as governor, Alexander died in Salisbury, North Carolina; he is buried in Old Settlers' Cemetery in Charlotte, North Carolina.[1]


  1. ^ a b Kelly, Howard A.; Burrage, Walter L. (eds.). "Alexander, Nathaniel" . American Medical Biographies . Baltimore: The Norman, Remington Company.
  2. ^ Toner, Joseph Meredith (1876). Medical Men of the Revolution. Philadelphia: Collins, Printer.


  • Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789–1978, Robert Sobel and John Raimo, eds. Westport, CT: Meckler Books, 1978. (ISBN 0-930466-00-4)

External linksEdit

"Alexander, Nathaniel" . American Medical Biographies .

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Stanly
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 10th congressional district

Succeeded by
Evan S. Alexander
Political offices
Preceded by
James Turner
Governor of North Carolina
Succeeded by
Benjamin Williams