ALEXANDER, (Dr.) William M., pioneer, came to Southern Illinois previous to the organization of Unipn County (1818), and for some time, while practicing his profession as a physician, acted as agent of the proprietors of the town of America, which was located on the Ohio River, on the first high ground above its junction with the Mississippi. It became the first county-seat of Alexander County, which was organized in 1819, and named in his honor. In 1820 we find him a Representative in the Second General Assembly from Pope County, and two years later Representative from Alexander County, when he became Speaker of the House during the session of the Third General Assembly. Later, he removed to Kaskaskia, but finally went South, where he died, though the date and place of his death are unknown.
Extracted 24 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1905 Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, page 14.
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