Nathaniel Alexander – Continental Army Officer – North Carolina


athaniel Alexander (March 5, 1756{spaced ndash}March 7, 1808) was the 13th Governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1805 to 1807.


Alexander was born near Concord, North Carolina (then Mecklenburg County, now Cabarrus County, North Carolina), the son of a local sheriff. He earned a medical degree from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1776 and was commissioned as a surgeon in the North Carolina Line in 1779. He served through the American Revolutionary War until 1782, and then practiced medicine for a time near Santee, South Carolina.

Returning to his native North Carolina, Alexander was elected to the North Carolina House of Commons in 1797, to the North Carolina Senate in 1801, and to the United States House of Representatives in 1803.

On 25 November 1805, Alexander was elected governor by the North Carolina General Assembly and served two one-year terms in that office, declining to run for a third. Although a Democratic-Republican, he enjoyed support from the Federalists as well. As governor, he oversaw the resolution of a boundary dispute with Georgia, the expansion of the state’s district courts, and the growth of the state’s educational system. While Governor, he was also president of The University of North Carolina Board of Trustees. Only a few months after stepping down as Governor, Alexander died in Salisbury, North Carolina; he is buried in Old Settlers’ Cemetery in Charlotte, North Carolina.