Del Mar, Alexander, 1836-1926

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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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associatedWith Adams, Charles Francis, 1835-1915. person
associatedWith Barnes, William, 1824-1913 person
associatedWith Bowen, George S. person
associatedWith Brown, W. Colvin. person
associatedWith Burchard, Horatio C. (Horatio Chapin), 1825-1908 person
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Hoffman, John T. (John Thompson), 1828-1888 person
associatedWith Holmes, George Frederick, 1820-1897. person
associatedWith Kellogg, William P. (William Pitt), 1831-1918 person
associatedWith Lamont, Daniel Scott. person
associatedWith McFarland, N. C. person
associatedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith Nimmo, Joseph, 1837-1909 person
associatedWith Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908 person
associatedWith Pendleton, George H. (George Hunt), 1825-1889 person
associatedWith Seaton, Charles W. person
associatedWith Stern, Simon, 1839-1901 person
associatedWith Thurman, Allen Granberry. person
associatedWith United States., Bureau of Statistics corporateBody
associatedWith Walker, Amasa. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Yukon--Klondike River Valley
Economists--United States
Gold mines and mining--Supplies and equipment
Politicians--United States
Politics, government and public administration


Birth 1836

Death 1926



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