Holmes Moss Alexander (January 29, 1906 - December 5, 1985) was an American historian, journalist, syndicated columnist, and politician, originally from Parkersburg, West Virginia. His maternal uncle, Hunter Holmes Moss, Jr., was a circuit judge and then a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from West Virginia, having served from 1913 until his death in 1916. A conservative Republican, Alexander served for a time in the Maryland House of Delegates in Annapolis.
Typical of Alexander's columns was one he wrote on the late Alabama Governor George Wallace, who term-limited in 1966 ran his wife, Lurleen Burns Wallace, as a surrogate candidate, to succeed himself. Known for his early opposition to school desegregation, Wallace procured passage of a series of state laws promptly struck down by federal courts, committed to the implementation of Brown v. Board of Education. Wrote Alexander: "Though Wallace has lost every fight with Washington, Alabamians are convinced he has come off the winner."
Holmes' books include The American Talleyrand: Martin Van Buren (1935), Aaron Burr: The Proud Pretender (1937), American Nabob (1939), and Selena: A Romantic Novel (1941).Other Alexander works include Pen and politics: the autobiography of a working writer, How to Read The Federalist, To Covet Honor: A Biography of Alexander Hamilton, The Spirit of '76, Washington and Lee: A Study in Will to Win, Seattle: Growth of the City, Tokyo: Growth of the City, Hong Kong: Growth of the City, Beijing: Growth of the City, Shanghai: Growth of the City, and Vancouver, British Columbia: The Growth of the City/State His last publication, Never Lose a War: Memoirs & Observations of a National Columnist, was released in 1984.