History of Centre and Clinton County, Pennsylvania, 1893

William Alexander Biography

(Son of Hugh Alexander and his wife, Lettice Thompson), and his twin sister Emily were born Dec. 25, 1777, in Sherman valley, Perry Co. Early in life removed to Centre County, where he married Elizabeth Hutchinson.

He resided in Bellefonte as a hatter in 1800, and in 1809 kept the hotel where the Garman House now stands. In the fall of 1815 he was elected sheriff of Centre County. He arrested Munks, and without any assistance brought his prisoner many miles on horseback during a dark and rainy night to Bellefonte.

After residing thirty-five years in Centre County, Mr. Alexander removed to Clearfield, where he died at the residence of his son-in-law, James B. Graham, Sept. 25, 1867, aged nearly ninety years.

His son, James M., married Phoebe Burchfield, residing at Oldtown; William T., publisher of the Clarion Democrat; Ann married Hon. John Fleming, of Clinton County; Emily married Hon. A. K. Wright, of Clearfield County; Elizabeth, James B. Graham; and Jane, Joseph Haggerty.

Source: History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania; John Blair Linn; Philadelphia; Louis H. Everts; 1883.

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