Del Mar, Alexander, 1836-1926

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Birth 1836
Death 1926

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Epithet: American economist

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Alexander Del Mar (1836-1926) was an American mining engineer, economist, author, and historian, who served as the director of the Bureau of Statistics from 1866 to 1869.

Born in New York on August 9, 1836, the oldest son of Jacques and Belle Del Mar, Del Mar's spent some of his adolescence in England and Spain. He attended the Madrid School of Mines, while in London he stayed with his uncle, Manuel Del Mar, an author.

A student of history and political economy, Del Mar served as the director of the Bureau of Statistics from 1866 to 1869. The Bureau was charged with compiling relevant statistics for the government, a task which previously fell to the Treasury and State departments. After this position, Del Mar undertook various pursuits including joining the Liberal Republican Party and attending the International Statistical Congress in St. Petersburg. In 1876, Del Mar served as a mining engineer of the United States Monetary Commission. Two years later, he served as a clerk to the committee on naval expenditures of the House of Representatives.

Alexander Del Mar married Emilia José Rose in 1861. After being widowed in 1912, Del Mar was remarried to Alice Demorest. He died at his daughter's home in Little Falls, New Jersey on July 1, 1926.

  • 1872: Proceedings of the Second Session of the National Insurance Convention
  • 1880: A History of the Precious Metals from the Earliest Times to the Present
  • 1885: The Science of Money
  • 1886: Money and Civilization
  • 1899: The History of Money in America from the Earliest Times of the Establishment of the Constitution
  • 1890: The Worship of Augustus Caesar
  • 1900: The Middle Ages Revisited; or, the Roman Government and Religion and Their Relations to Britain
  • 1900: Ancient Britain in the Light of Modern Archeological Discoveries
  • 1907: The Messiah

From the guide to the Alexander Del Mar Letters, 1866-1896, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)


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