Holmes Alexander

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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 Democrat, Alexander served in the early 1930s in the Maryland House of Delegates in Annapolis.[1]

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."[2]

Alexander's books include The American Talleyrand: Martin Van Buren (1935), Aaron Burr: The Proud Pretender (1937), American Nabob (1939), and Selena: A Romantic Novel (1941).[3] 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[4] His last publication, Never Lose a War: Memoirs & Observations of a National Columnist, was released in 1984.

Alexander was married to the former Mary Morgan Barksdale. He resided in Owings Mills in Baltimore County, Maryland, where he is interred at Saint Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery.[5]


  1. Blair-Moss-Alexander family of West Virginia. politicalgraveyard.com. Retrieved on February 24, 2012.
  2. The Huntsville Times, October 14, 1966
  3. Works of Holmes Alexander. unz.org.
  4. Holmes Alexander. librarything.com.
  5. Holmes Alexander. image2.findagrave.com. Retrieved on Feberuary 24, 2012.