Alexander, James, 1691-1756

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James Alexander was a lawyer in New Jersey and New York during the eighteenth century. Born in Scotland in 1691, Alexander fought in the Rebellion of 1715, which resulted in the exile of the Stuarts from England. That year, he moved to the United States and became the surveyor general of the Province of New Jersey. He served on both the Council of New York, from 1721 to 1732, and the Council of New Jersey, from 1723 to 1735. From 1723 to 1727, he also served as New Jersey's attorney general. Alexander died in 1756.

From the guide to the James Alexander Papers, 1688-1756, (Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections)

James Alexander (1691-1756) was an attorney, surveyor general of New Jersey, attorney general of New Jersey, deputy secretary of New York, boundary commissioner, etc.

From the description of Journal, 1718-1769. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58658531

From the description of Records and accounts, 1719-1747. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58658532

From the description of Register of cases in New York Supreme Court, 1721-1742. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58658534

James Alexander (1691-1756) was counsel for John Peter Zenger during his trial for libel, 1734-1735, in Mount Vernon, Westchester County, N.Y.

From the description of John Peter Zenger trial collection, 1733-1734. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122570817

From the guide to the John Peter Zenger trial collection, 1733-1734, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

From the guide to the James Alexander letters, 1740-1750, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

James Alexander was the surveyor-general of the Province of New Jersey and later of New York. In 1718, he became the recorder of Perth Amboy, N.J., where he resided. By 1723, James Alexander had been made deputy-secretary of New York (1718), boundary commissioner of New Jersey and New York (1719), a member of the Councils of New York and New Jersey (1721, 1723 respectively), a member of the provincial bar and attorney-general of New Jersey (1723). In 1725, with his seat in the Council of New Jersey, he tried to make positive legal reforms but in vain. As a result, in 1727, he stepped down as attorney-general of New Jersey.

By the onset of the Revolution, William Alexander (Lord Stirling) opposed the Stamp Act and organized a company of grenadiers. He was suspended from the Council after a heated correspondence with the Loyalist Gov. Franklin. On November 7, 1775, he was made colonel of the 1st New Jersey Regiment and raised and equipped two regiments in the state. In January 1776, with forty volunteers in a pilot boat, he captured at Sandy Hook the British transport Blue Mountain Valley. For this, he was thanked by Congress, and in March of the same year received the commission of brigadier-general in the Continental army. His services would lead to his promotion to major-general on Feb. 19, 1777. Stirling went on to play important roles in notable events like Valley Forge and the inquiry concerning the treachery of Benedict Arnold.

From the description of James Alexander and William Alexander papers, 1711-1909 1711-1770. (New Jersey Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 54092599

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creatorOf Poems and songs about New York under Governor William Cosby, 1734-1776 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Bradley, Richard, d. 1751. Draft of bill in chancery, [1732]. Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Alexander, James, 1691-1756. Records and accounts, 1719-1747. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Colden, Cadwallader, 1688-1776. Cadwallader Colden Papers, 1677-1832 (bulk 1711-1775). Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Alexander family. Alexander papers, 1668-1818 (bulk 1717-1786). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Alexander Papers, 1668-1818 (bulk 1717-1786) @ 2011 New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Miller, George Julius, 1895-1974. Papers, 1724-1960. New Jersey Historical Society Library
creatorOf John Peter Zenger trial collection, 1733-1734 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Rutherfurd family. Rutherfurd family papers, 1721-1879. Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Alexander, James, 1691-1756. Account book, 1773-1796. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Parker, James, 1725-1797. New Jersey manuscripts, 1669-1840. New Jersey Historical Society Library
referencedIn Alexander papers. [Index to surveys in the area of Franklin, New Jersey]. New-York Historical Society Library
referencedIn Burhans, Samuel. Kingston New York collection, 1671-1855. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Alexander papers. [Index to surveys in the area of Paterson, New Jersey]. New-York Historical Society Library
creatorOf James Alexander letters, 1740-1750 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Dalley, John. A map of the road from Trenton to Amboy / surveyed by Jno. Dalley. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Gardiner, Richard. Wallkill survey papers, 1746-1754. New Jersey Historical Society Library
referencedIn Hunter, Robert, 1666-1734. Robert Hunter papers, 1699, 1710-1744. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Alexander, James, 1691-1756. Journal, 1718-1769. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Alexander papers. [Index to surveys in an unidentified area of 18th century New Jersey]. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Alexander, James. Records kept by James Alexander for the Corporation of monies received and paid out for soldiers' families, 1861. Charlottesville-Albemarle History Collection
referencedIn Ulster County collection, 1666-1893 (bulk 1700-1800). New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Stevens family. Stevens family papers, 1663-1959. New Jersey Historical Society Library
referencedIn Colden, Cadwallader, 1688-1776. Letter : New York, [N.Y.], to Peter Collinson, London, [Eng.], 1756 Apr. 23. Newberry Library
creatorOf Alexander, James, 1691-1756. Register of cases in New York Supreme Court, 1721-1742. New-York Historical Society
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creatorOf Alexander, James, 1691-1756. John Peter Zenger trial collection, 1733-1734. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
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referencedIn Alexander papers. [Index to surveys in the area of Ringwood, New Jersey]. New-York Historical Society Library
creatorOf Alexander, James, 1691-1756. James Alexander and William Alexander papers, 1711-1909 1711-1770. New Jersey Historical Society Library
referencedIn Alexander papers. [Index to surveys in the area of Port Jervis, New York, once claimed by New Jersey]. New-York Historical Society Library
referencedIn Ulster County Collection, 1666-1893 @ 2011 New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Paris, Ferdinand John. Papers, 1686-1838. New Jersey Historical Society Library
referencedIn Schuyler, Ann Elizabeth. Account book, 1737-1769. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn George Clinton papers, Clinton, George, papers, 1697-1760, 1745-1753 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1668-1983, Bulk, 1750-1850, 1668-1983 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn New York City deeds collection, 1642-1921. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Parker family (Perth Amboy, N.J.). Parker family papers, 1676-1946 1760-1820. New Jersey Historical Society Library
referencedIn Alexander papers. [Index to surveys in the area of Somerville, New Jersey]. New-York Historical Society Library
referencedIn George I, King of Great Britain, 1660-1727. LS : London, to William Burnet, 1724 Feb. 7. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Stevens family. Papers, 1669-1959 [microform]. Hagley Museum & Library
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referencedIn Rutherfurd Family Papers, 1721-1879 @ 2011 New-York Historical Society
creatorOf James Alexander Papers, 1688-1756 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special CollectionsManuscripts Division
referencedIn Parker family. Papers, 1680-1936. New Jersey Historical Society Library
referencedIn Provoost family papers, 1736-1897 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
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New York (State)
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New York (State)
New Jersey
New York (State)
United States
United States
New Jersey
New Jersey
New York (State)
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Land tenure--New Jersey--Cases--18th century
Civil rights--United States
Freedom of the press
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American history/Colonial
Indians of North America--New Jersey--Land transfers--18th century
Astronomy
New Jerseyana
Civil rights
Law--Cases
Misconduct in office--New York (State)
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Trials (Libel)--New York (State)
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Surveyors--New Jersey--18th century
Lawyers
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Birth 1691

Death 1756

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